This concluding chapter argues that “reform” remains something of a black hole in scholarly discussions of the history of monastic institutions. Like the astronomical phenomenon, the reform of a monastery is often perceived as a single event of huge consequence, which can be used as a reference point to both interpret and evaluate that institution's long-term development. The same applies to the understanding that monastic leadership in the decades following a given reform constituted the implementation of a preconceived reformist program, and to the notion that reform always entailed a rupture with previous disciplinary and institutional realities. This problem can be traced from the fact that that reform functioned as a literary theme, to which notions such as decline, renewal, and reconciliation were central.
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