ABBOT WILHELM AND THE "HIRSAU REFORM"
In 1079, Abbot Wilhelm drafted a new Hirsau Constitution, in Latin: "Constitutiones Hirsaugienses." In it, he stipulated how the Rules of St. Benedict were to be revived. Following the example of the French abbey at Cluny, poverty, chastity and obedience should once again form the basis of the order. The abbot brought in lay brothers to perform the physical tasks so that the monks could focus on their spiritual duties. In this way, Hirsau incorporated people from every social class.