The Benedictines in the Middle Ages

The Benedictines in the Middle Ages

by James G. Clark


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The men and women that followed the sixth-century customs of Benedict of Nursia (c.480-c.547) formed the most enduring, influential, numerous and widespread religious order of the Latin middle ages. Their liturgical practice, andtheir acquired taste for learning, served as a model for the medieval church as a whole: while new orders arose, they took some of their customs, and their observant and spiritual outlook, from the Regula Benedicti. The Benedictines may also be counted among the founders of medieval Europe. In many regions of the continent they created, or consolidated, the first Christian communities; they also directed the development of their social organisation,economy, and environment, and exerted a powerful influence on their emerging cultural and intellectual trends.
This book, the first comparative study of its kind, follows the Benedictine Order over eleven centuries, from their early diaspora to the challenge of continental reformation.

JAMES G. CLARK is Professor of History, University of Exeter.

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ISBN-13: 9781843839736
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer, Limited
Publication date: 11/20/2014
Series: Monastic Orders Series , #3
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 392
Sales rank: 906,420
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Professor of History, University of Exeter having previously graduated from Bristol and Oxford.

Table of Contents

The Making of an European Order
The Later Middle Ages

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