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This image is from which was created by Jerome Theisen.

This is a picture of St. Benedict in a monastery.  There are a couple of guesses on what he might be doing in this picture.  He could have just finished studying the book in his hand or he could have just finished writing the rules for the monastery. The relationship between this image of St. Benedict to the Chaucer's monk is that St. Benedict wrote the rules of the monastery that the Monk chose to ignore.

In the Middle Ages monks wore robes with hoods such as the St. Benedict is wearing here.

St. Benedict is holding a book in his hand. This may be the book he used to write the monastery rules or it may symbolize part of his rule: that monks should study.

These books symbolize the part of the rules that monks should study everyday.