Brethren of the Common Life

The Brethren of the Common Life began in the Netherlands and in Germany, formed under the influence of Gerbhart Groot (1340-1384). Groot was the author of Imitation of Christ, traditionally attributed to his disciple Thomas a Kempis.

Toward the end of the 14th century, the Brethren of the Common Life arose in the Netherlands with its center at Deventer. This was a much freer type of monasticism, they were communities for the cultivation of a practical piety, without permanent vows. There was a strong mystical element. Their practice resembled Dominicans, their piety that of Franciscans.
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