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Silence and solitude,
This review is from: An Infinity of Little Hours: Five Young Men and Their Trial of Faith in the Western World's Most Austere Monastic Order (Paperback)
I first heard of the Carthusians whilst reading about Thomas More. He spent three years with them and considered joining them before realising that his vocation lay elsewhere. I remember the passage in the book that told of his standing by the window of his cell in the Tower of London, watching the monks he knew from the Charterhouse being 'drawn' behind horses to their agonising deaths for their refusal to swear agreement to the act making Henry VIII head of the church in England. More's comment to his daughter Margaret was that they were going to their wedding feast.
I found this book fascinating, but more than that I got so involved with the experiences of each of the novices it almost felt like an intrusion! The struggles, spiritual, mental and physical of these young men seeking to know God in a way that they all felt strongly called to are sensitively and honestly shared and I felt very privileged to be allowed inside the Charterhouse.