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Fictional Monks

Monks, Monasteries and Monasticism

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Jul 1, 2010, 8:54am Top

Brother Cadfael has always been a favorite for me. Then of course there are the monks in The Name of the Rose. Who are other notable monks of fiction?

Jul 1, 2010, 9:00am Top

There's Ambrosio, from Matthew Lewis' gothic novel, The Monk.

Dec 2, 2013, 2:06pm Top

The monks in The Point: The Redemption of Oban Ironbout shed new light on well-known Scripture narratives.

Dec 2, 2013, 2:13pm Top

A couple of days ago bought William Brodrick's The Day of the Lie which features a Father Anselm. According to the blurb Brodrick was an Augustinian friar before becoming a barrister. I haven't got round to starting on it yet so we'll have to see.

Dec 2, 2013, 4:13pm Top

Barbey d'Aurevilly has a strange and rather horrific monk in L'Ensorcelée.

Dec 2, 2013, 11:52pm Top

Hermann Hesse's The Glass Bead Game is about an order of (non-Christian) monks in an imaginary Switzerland-like country. Kristen Lavransdatter's twin sons become monks, an important development in the story. Monks play an important part in The Castle of Otranto. The character Narcissus in another Hesse novel, Narcissus and Goldmund is a monk. Several major characters in Lady Murasaki's The Tale of Genji become Buddhist monks or nuns as a response to the vicissitudes of life.


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