St. Benedict Essay
Construction of the Durham priory was started in 1093. Durham was called a priory because the prior had rule over the monastery, opposed to an Abbot. St. Cuthbert’s shrine cause much visitation to the monastery and with the visitors came gifts and offerings to the church. This caused the monastery at Durham to become the richest religious house north of York. This richness and wealth that the monastery possessed is one of major factors that lead to its eventual downfall.
As the centuries went on the monastery grew and changed from what St. Benedict first envisioned life in a monastery to be. “The English monasteries were not as cut off from the life of the country as Benedict had intended his monks to be .” The once world denying monks, now enjoyed more of an indulgent lifestyle. The monastery itself was built to be the best in the land, and inside, it contained such luxuries as a bowling alley, nice living quarters, and servants to do the work that was beneath the monks. There was also a selection process to enter