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In this second volume, Vogue first provides historical and critical commentary on texts from the Rule of the Master and other early sources, then shows how Benedict integrated and developed this material in writing his Prologue, Epilogue and chapters on the Tools of Good Works, Silence and Humility.
The work of Dom Adalbert de Vogüé, O.S.B. serves as the basis of all serious study of the Rule of Benedict. In the first volume Vogüé uses literary criticism to show how the Rule of Benedict developed.