Acta sanctorum Ordinis Sancti Benedicti in saeculorum classes distributa (AS OSB) (W3)(E?)(L?) http://www.hmml.org/exhibits/Maurists/Acta.htm
Die "Acta sanctorum ordinis Sancti Benedicti" = "Acts of the Saints of the Order of St. Benedict" ist die urkundliche Geschichte des Benediktinerordens.
9 Bde., Paris 1668-1701; 2. Aufl., 6 Bde., Venedig 1733-1740. Neuausg. Bd. I, Mâcon 1935
Luc d’Achery and Jean Mabillon
("Acts of the Saints of the Order of St. Benedict, Arranged by Century").
Vol. 4:1 of 6. Folio. Paris: Louis Billaine, 1677. Saint John’s Rare Book Collection.
The Acta sanctorum of the Benedictine Order was conceived by Luc d’Achery (1609-85) as a Benedictine counterpart to the more comprehensive project begin by the Jesuit Herbert Rosweyde in the 1640s and continued by the famed "Bollandists", who continue to publish works of and about hagiography (the lives of the saints) even to this day.
D’Achery enlisted the young Jean Mabillon for the project, and together they contacted monasteries throughout Western Europe to locate the manuscripts required for the project.
The series of journeys to monastic libraries that ensued provided materials useful for a number of Maurist projects such as the Annales. The project required almost a quarter century of careful scholarship to reach the year 1100, where it ended. The volume shown is that of the fourth Benedictine century, i.e., the 800s. This was a critical period for the consolidation of monasticism under the Rule of Benedict in the Frankish kingdom ruled by Charlemagne and his successors. The engraving depicts the tomb of St. Otgar and St. Benedict of Aniane, leader of the Carolingian reform, at Meaux.
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