Description: Monasticm began spreading throughout the West a few centuries after Christ, but it was largely disorganized and each monk lived their own style. St Benedict, who began as a hermit, transformed Monastic life with the Rule of St Benedict. Combining strictness, flexibility and wisdom, it became the universal guide for Western monks. Bill Cook joins us.
Dr. Bill Cook
William Cook is Professor Emeritus of History at State University of New York - Genesceo, where he taught on Medieval and Renaissance Europe and Church History. He is the president of the Bill Cook Foundation, which helps poor children in 29 countries go to school. Visit billcookfoundation.org. He is the author of several books including "The Medieval World View: An Introduction" and has hosted nine Great Courses lecture series, including one called "The Cathedral" and "Live of the Great Christians."