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Monastic and Religious Orders in Britain, 1000–1300

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  • Author: Janet Burton, St David's University College, University of Wales
  • Date Published: January 1994
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521374415

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  • This book traces the development of monasticism in England, Scotland and Wales from 1000 to 1300. It explores the nature of the impact of the Norman Settlement on monastic life, how Britain responded to new, European ideas, and also to the needs of religious women. Every aspect of the life and work of the religious orders is covered, from their daily life to their contribution to intellectual developments. Particular attention is paid to the relationships between religious houses and their founders and patrons, showing the degree of dependence on local patrons and the tension between the religious life and the pressures of the world.

    • The first textbook to cover England, Scotland and Wales during 1000–1300
    • Accessible textbook for medieval and religious studies students, highlighting the role of women in monasticism
    • Will appeal to wider public with an interest in monastic English Heritage sites
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "The best survey now available, more detailed and closer to current scholarships . . ." --Religious Studies Review

    "Students and teachers will find in this book a reliable, sensible, and up-to-date account of its subjects. There are no idiosyncratic opinions; students will never be misled into mistaking a minority viewpoint for a majority consensus....there are many innovative things about this book." Speculum

    "...by its intelligent, lucid, and detailed summary of the very extensive research published during that half century, it is likely to prove as durable and as valuable to students as the works by Knowles." Journal of British Studies

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    • Date Published: January 1994
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521374415
    • length: 368 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 147 x 27 mm
    • weight: 0.591kg
    • contains: 4 b/w illus. 6 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    Preface
    1. Before the Normans
    2. The coming of the Normans
    3. The regular canons
    4. The new monastic orders of the twelfth century
    5. Women and the religious life
    6. The mendicant orders
    7. The physical setting: monastic buildings and the monastic plan
    8. Inside a religious house: daily life and the chain of command
    9. Learning and literary activities
    10. Religious houses and the wider community: founders, patrons and benefactors
    11. The monastic economy
    12. On the brink of change
    Glossary
    Notes
    Select bibliography
    Index.

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    Janet Burton, St David's University College, University of Wales

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