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Overview

Historians have long noted the intense debates nineteenth- and twentieth-century scholars had over the concept of work, but few are aware of the medieval debates that set the stage for modern discussions. Indeed, medieval society established the framework within which modern Western ideas about work have grown. It is essential, therefore, that we learn what medieval thinkers had to say on the subject. This study addresses this need by examining the thought of Peter Damian and numerous other religious leaders and groups of the High Middle Ages for evidence of their contributions. The result is a deepening of our historical understanding of the concept of work as well as widening our appreciation of the modern world's debt to medieval society.

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"Ranft's The Theology of Work is innovative in relation to both theological discussions of work and current discussions of labor in medieval cultural history. It brings to the table a valuable consideration of the deep history of labor in the world of medieval monasticism. Moreover, it pushes this investigation back to an era earlier than is often considered, and adds a detailed meditation on the influence of Peter Damian. Ranft's study should serve as a useful reminder of the range and complexity of medieval debates concerning the category of labor in both religious and lay contexts." — Ethan Knapp, Ohio State University
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781403968470
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 4/1/2006
  • Series: New Middle Ages Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 276
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Patricia Ranft, Professor of History, emerita, at Central Michigan University, is the author of numerous studies on religious, intellectual and women's history. Her books include Women and the Religious Life in Premodern Europe (1996), a History Book Club selection; Women and Spiritual Equality in Christian Tradition (1998); A Woman's Way: The Forgotten History of Women Spiritual Directors (2000); and Women in Western Intellectual Culture, 600-1500 (2002), all published by Palgrave Macmillan. With this current study she returbans to her earlier interest in the medieval religious renewal movement, about which she published some dozen articles.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Part One: The Foundation: Early Christian Theologies of Work
• Early Christian Attitudes toward Work
Part Two: The Framework: Peter Damian's Contributions
The Eleventh-Century World of Peter Damian
• Damian's Social Theology
• Damian's Apostolate: Theology of Work in Action
Part Three: The Completed Edifice: Medieval Monastic Movement
Regular Canons
• The Cistercians
• Women and Other Reformers
• The Mendicants
• The Epilogue

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