(The series of pages that begins here is called "History Summary." These pages trace the history of Augustinian-inspired community living from Augustine's day through to the thirteenth century, and then looks in summary at the history of the Order of Saint Augustine.
The other series of pages indicated in the grey-coloured navigation bar at the right of this page then develop in more detail the various topics that are introduced in this "History Summary" series of pages.)
The beginning of the Order of Saint Augustine as it exists today is firmly grounded in the actions of Pope Alexander IV in the year 1256.
In earlier times it was proposed that the Order of Saint Augustine in some way traced back in an unbroken line to the time of the disciples of Augustine, if not even to Augustine himself.
Many of the legends that they repeated are now accepted to have been either historically exaggerated or even fictitious.
Even so, what is known about the living of the Rule of Augustine from the time of the death of Augustine in 430 until the Order of Saint Augustine began to exist in its present form in the year 1256?
Modern historians agree that an unbroken line of communities from Augustine in the year 400 to Europe in 1256 did not happen.
Even so, it is entertained that communities living the Rule probably existed during all of those 840 years in one or more nations, albeit without there being a continuous "straight line" continuity.
(Continued on the next page.)
(Note: This page and the following one were compiled using The Augustinians in the Middle Ages 1256-1356 by David Gutierrez O.S.A., published in 1984 by the Augustinian Historical Institute, Villanova University, United States of America The book was translated from the Spanish edition of 1980 by Arthur Ennis O.S.A.)