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Church reform and social change in eleventh-century Italy : Dominic of Sora and his patrons

Author: John Howe
Publisher: Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, ©1997.
Series: Middle Ages series.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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At the dawn of the second millennium, new churches and castles sprang up throughout Western Europe. In central Italy, St. Dominic of Sora (d. 1032) and his patrons played a key role in this process. John Howe mines the surprisingly rich but heretofore neglected sources that tell their story. He has written an absorbing case study of an ecclesiastical reform that was earlier - if less literate and less centralized -  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Biographies
Named Person: Dominic, of Sora Saint; Dominique, de Sora saint; Dominicus (von Sora)
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Howe
ISBN: 081223412X 9780812234121
OCLC Number: 36949811
Description: xxiii, 220 p. : ill., maps ; 23 cm.
Contents: Introduction. Case Study Approach to Eleventh-Century Reform --
1. Dominic's World --
2. Hermit Errant --
3. Dominic's Holiness --
4. "Benedictine" Monastic System --
5. Patrons and Followers --
6. Great Patronage Shift --
7. Decline and Fall --
App. A. Dominic's Dossier --
App. B. Dominic's Patrons from the Lineage of the Counts of Marsica --
App. C. Gifts to Monte Cassino from the Lineage of the Counts of Marsica.
Series Title: Middle Ages series.
Responsibility: John Howe.

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At the dawn of the second millennium, new churches and castles sprang up throughout Western Europe. In central Italy, St. Dominic of Sora (d. 1032) and his patrons played a key role in this process. John Howe mines the surprisingly rich but heretofore neglected sources that tell their story. He has written an absorbing case study of an ecclesiastical reform that was earlier - if less literate and less centralized - than the Gregorian Reform that would soon follow. At the center of his book is Dominic, a well-documented saint, hermit, abbot, and founder of monastic establishments, whose life and career reveal how central Italy was transformed during the first part of the eleventh century by the creation of walled hilltop villages and the establishment of unparalleled numbers of monasteries. In this lively and readable book, Howe argues that reform in the world of the eleventh century meant restoring lands, building churches, regularizing the clergy's distinctive garb, and changing the celebration of the liturgy. Much of what Dominic and his patrons accomplished soon became obsolete, swept aside by a more legalistic and coherent reform ideology. Yet nearly a thousand years later, traces of the new order that Dominic and his followers created can still be found in the Italian countryside.

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