The website "Abbazia di Montecassino" ["Montecassino Abbey"] is a highly graphic site containing a sizeable number of images and other resources covering the history and role of the Benedictine Abbey of Montecassino, located in the Campania region of Southern Italy. The site outlines the major events in the Abbey's history from foundation by Saint Benedict in 529 to its reconstruction in 1964, following the destruction of 1944. In the course of its history, the Abbey was destroyed or severely damaged on a number of occasions, most notably by the earthquake of 1349 and heavy bombardment in 1944. For each event explanatory text is available together with images and, in the case of the 1944 destruction, additional film footage. A virtual tour enables users to explore the Abbey, moving through its floor plan to the various parts of the building. Texts and images are available including 360 degree viewing. Additionally, users can listen to a selection of monastic chants as performed by the chorus of Abbey monks. A section is dedicated to Saint Benedict (ca. 480 - ca. 547) founder of the Abbey, and the Rule which governs the monastic life of the Benedictine order. The life of Saint Scholastica (480-547), Saint Benedict's sister, who lived in the vicinity of the Abbey, is also recounted. The Diocese and to-day monastic life at the Abbey are described. Additionally, the site offers information on religious events and the "Terra Sancti Benedicti", a historical procession held in March each year during the Benedictine celebrations at Cassino and Montecassino. The site and its resources are accessible in both Italian and English.
Die Handschriften des Klosters Weissenburg (The Manuscripts of the Monastery of Weissenburg, Alsace) is the German-language Web page of an exhibition held at the Herzog August Bibliothek in 2002. The exhibits are selected to give an insight into a typical monastic library of the early and high Middle Ages. Sample pages from 26 manuscripts are reproduced, including Bible texts, commentaries, and a copy of the Benedictine Rule. Many texts date from the 9th century (though the exhibition also features both earlier and later works), and the most prevalent languages are Latin and Old High German. A brief description (aimed at a general rather than a scholarly audience) is given of the content and significance of each manuscript.
The Franciscan Authors website is a catalogue of writers connected to the Franciscan order who lived between the 13th and 18th centuries. The authors can be browsed via an alphabetical index, though unfortunately there does not appear to be a search function. A typical entry will include a short biographical note, a list of works, and may also include suggestions for further reading. An extensive bibliography section provides information for those wishing to pursue the topic further. There are also sections for anonymous writers, lives, Franciscan provinces as they were around 1350, plus a substantial but unannotated list of links to related resources.
Ignaziana is a freely available online review of theological research and discussion relating to Ignatian spirituality (based on the teachings of St Ignatius of Loyola, and practised by the Jesuits). The review appears twice yearly, and features between two and six pieces each time. The articles are in a range of European languages (including some in English), although as this is an Italy-based venture, a substantial proportion are in Italian. The rest of the website is available in a choice of six European languages, including English. In addition to the review, the site also offers a bibliography of books and articles on Ignatian spirituality published from 2000 onwards, plus a page of links to other publications and organisations that may be of interest.
Monachos.net is a website that aims to further the study of Orthodox Christianity by providing an impressive range resources on patristics, monasticism, and liturgics as they relate to the Eastern Christian tradition. The site offers primary texts, commentaries and articles, and a number of useful annotated lists of links. There are also discussion boards, and resources to assist those learning classical or ecclesiastical Greek. The site is attractively presented and easy to navigate, with a full search function. A few pages require SPIonic Greek font to display properly: this is available to download. Monachos.net is an extensive resource, with much to offer not just to those interested in Orthodox Christianity, but also those working more generally in patristics, ecclesiastical history, and doctrine. The range of materials available is such that there will be something to interest almost everyone, from the casual enquirer to the academic researcher.
Maintained by the Order of Saint Benedict at Saint John's Abbey, Minnesota, the General Information and Monastic Topics website is a useful source of both historical and contemporary information about this Christian religious order. Relating to Saint Benedict himself, there is a brief biography, his Rule, and Book II of Gregory the Great's 'Dialogues', which chronicles Benedict's life. A collection of other resources covers various aspects of Benedictine life and practice, including details of Benedictine saints. For those wishing to explore the subject further, there is a list of biographies, and links to relevant resources elsewhere on the Web.
This website provides a guide to the history and architecture of St Michael's Abbey, Farnborough, England, built between 1883 and 1888. It includes illustrated essays on the abbey itself, the crypt, and monastic life. The centre-piece of the website is a virtual tour of the building using 'Live Picture' software. The site is available in English and French.