Event: Assembly, Monastic life, converting to/joining/oblationAlfred 8.staffing of monastery at Athelney

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Description In the monasterium [at Athelney] Alfred 8 assembled monks of diverse ethnicity from everywhere.
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*Asser 1 notes in chap. 93 that the desire for the monastic life had been lacking amongst that whole people [i.e., the West Saxons] although there were still many monasteria in that area, none, however, holding to the monastic rule in an orderly way. He expresses uncertainty as to why: whether because of frequent enemy attacks by land and sea or because of the excessive wealth of all kinds of that people.

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