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War and the making of medieval monastic culture

Author: Katherine Allen Smith
Publisher: Woodbridge, Suffolk, U.K. ; Rochester, N.Y. : Boydell Press, 2011.
Series: Studies in the history of medieval religion, v. 37.
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"Monastic culture has generally been seen as set apart from the medieval battlefield, as 'those who prayed' were set apart from 'those who fought'. However, in this first study of the place of war within medieval monastic culture, the author shows the limitations of this division. Through a wide reading of Latin sermons, letters, and hagiography, she identifies a monastic language of war that presented the monk as  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Nonfiction
History
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Katherine Allen Smith
ISBN: 9781843836162 1843836165
OCLC Number: 657601482
Description: 236 pages ; 25 cm.
Contents: Encountering war in the scriptures and liturgy --
Monks and warriors : negotiating boundaries --
Spiritual warfare : the history of an idea to c. 1200 --
Martial imagery in monastic texts --
Warriors as spiritual exemplars --
Appendix: The Loricati, c. 1050-1250.
Series Title: Studies in the history of medieval religion, v. 37.
Responsibility: Katherine Allen Smith.

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The monastic life, traditionally considered as an area of withdrawal from the world, is here shown to be shaped by metaphors of war, and to be actively engaged with battle in the world outside.  Read more...

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