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Monte Cassino: Fated Abbey of St. Benedict ~ SAT, May 16, 7PM

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Monte Cassino is the home of the most powerful monastic force of the Middle Ages: the Benedictines. Here Benedict wrote down his Rule that has governed his company of monks to this day. The abbey has been repeatedly destroyed—most famously during the Battle of Monte Cassino in World War II—and each time, it has arisen anew. Presented by William H. Fredlund, Ph.D., Saturday, May 16, 2020, 7:00PM.

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Monte Cassino is the home, the founder's home, of the most powerful monastic force in the whole of the Middle Ages: the Benedictines. This was where St. Benedict lived and wrote down his Order, his Rule, that has governed this international company of monks to this day. The abbey has been repeatedly destroyed—most famously during the Battle of Monte Cassino in World War II—and each time, it has arisen from the ashes. Presented by William H. Fredlund, Ph.D., Saturday, May 16, 2020, 7:00PM. NOTE: This lecture is part of the 2019-2020 lecture series "All Roads Lead to Rome."

William H. Fredlund, the Director of the Institute, obtained his B.A. and M.A. from UCLA, where he specialized in European history and art history. He studied in Italy on a Fulbright Fellowship and completed a double Ph.D. in history and humanities at Stanford, specializing in Renaissance Italy. Dr. Fredlund has taught for UCLA, the University of Florence, Stanford, and UCSC Extension.