The Benedictines in the Middle Ages

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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, and their 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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    Number of Pages: 392
    Format(s): Paperback - ISBN: 9781843839736
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    Listed in: European history, c 500 to c 1450/1500, Roman Catholicism, Roman Catholic Church, Christian communities & monasticism
    Publisher: The Boydell Press

    Books by James G. Clark

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