In praise of the new knighthood- spiritual handbook for them to use as they go around. Monasticism arises early in the life of the church- people refer to st. anthony as father of first monks, true in some sense but not chronological. St. anthony (250-354) and becomes a monk as a teenager, monk for 80 or so years, becomes a monk by being preceded by another- he is considered the greatest. In the story of his conversion, he is a teenager, parents died, must take care of sister, possible before monks there are nuns from this but it is hard to say who has priority of this. Work monk- comes from one meaning one who is alone- the vocation to live as a hermit as quintessential monastic condition. Christian monasticism begins in egypt because in 4th and 5th century egypt was heartland of christianity so many important things in christian history happen in egypt.