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A Benedictine monk.
- ‘Benedictines - or Black Monks for the color of their robes - oversaw vast numbers of monasteries that once numbered in the thousands.’
- ‘The Benedictines, really the Black Monks, came into their own after 800 AD when the pope and the Franks formed an alliance known as the Holy Roman Empire.’
- ‘The Benedictines of Monte Cassino in Italy were the original Black Monks.’
- ‘I was stabbed by him in the abbey of the Black Monks of Perth.’
- ‘Beyond the village lay the Priory of the Black Monks, as we called the raven-clothed Benedictines.’
Middle English: so named because of the typical colour of the order's habit.
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