- Mechthild Gretsch
Benedictine reformers (act.c. 960–c. 1000), were a group of ecclesiastics who were deeply influenced by the resurgence of Benedictine monasticism on the continent in the earlier tenth century, emanating principally from Cluny in Burgundy and Gorze in Lotharingia, and by the revival of spirituality and learning that accompanied this resurgence. In two successive generations these men, together with their associates among the laity, brought about a radical reform of the English church, made a deep impress on Anglo-Saxon society, and initiated intellectual and artistic activities, some of which, like the programmatic use of the vernacular and the ...