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The Monastery Of Bec And The Beginning Of A Career

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Bec was an obscure Norman monastery, and still struggling to build the basic buildings and resources necessary to a monastic foundation. A number of medieval sources contributes to an understanding of Lanfranc's early career. Lanfranc's commentary on St. Paul is one critical source for understanding both the training that Lanfranc received before arriving at Bec and his educational aspirations for the future. It would seem that in the tension between worldly fame and humility, or the desire for the eremitic life and the obligation of administrative duties, Lanfranc found some balance in the Bec school to the degree that he could restrict the curriculum to sacred subjects. The events of Lanfranc's early life become clearer after his admission to Bec in 1042. At the time of Lanfranc's arrival, Normandy was emerging as a self-governed territorial entity and distancing itself from the authority of the French Capetian monarchy.

Keywords: Bec; Lanfranc; Norman monastery



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