Publisher's Note (Roman Catholic Books): "The great achievement of Saint Benedict, through which the essentials of Western civilization were preserved amid the chaos and confusion of the Dark Ages and confusion of the Dark Ages, cannot be overestimated. And the Rule which he established for his monks has had an influence throughout European history which has extended far beyond the cloisters of his own community. One of the earliest surviving manuscripts written in England is a copy of the "Rule"; and the great number of other copies which have come down to us forms a notable testimony to the veneration and respect which it commanded.
Abbott McCann presents in this book an edition of the Latin text which he intends should be of service both to the monk in choir and to the general reader. Though not professing to be a critical textual edition it is based on the Authentic Text established by modern scholars, with modifications only in the interests of orthography and the explanation of vulgarisms. Facing each page is an English translation, carefully revised and evolved over many years of experiment and trial to be at once accurate and readable. Full and helpful notes are given for the convenience of students on all points of difficulty in the Late Latin syntax, and vocabulary of the text. And to assist the monastic Lector, who by ancient custom must recite the Rule of Prime section by section throughout the year, the appropriate dates are given alongside the text."