Daily Life in a Medieval Monastery by Sherri Olson

By Sherri Olson

A examine of lifestyles inside of medieval monasteries that explores monastic spirituality, day-by-day exercises, touch with the surface international, and the ancient impression of those foundational associations at the Western world.

• Surveys the historical past of the monastery, describing its origins, objective, geographic unfold, and influence at the better society

• presents a glimpse of the wealthy and sometimes idiosyncratic facts that survives for medieval monasteries

• Emphasizes the pervasiveness of monasticism in medieval Europe, the flexibility of the monastic culture, and its impressive survival

• Brings to existence the internal event of a regular monk or nun, permitting readers to appreciate what attracts a few contributors to the monastic life

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3, and Wolfgang Braunfels, Monasteries of Western Europe: The Architecture of Orders (Princeton: Thames and Hudson, 1972), p. 9. 11. Leclercq, Love of Learning, pp. 18–19. 12. Peter King, Western Monasticism: A History of the Monastic Movement in the Latin Church (Kalamazoo, MI: Cistercian Publications, 1999), pp. 23–4. 13. A book written by Abbot Isaiah (d. c. 490) includes sayings of some of the desert mothers. See The Matericon: Instructions of Abba Isaiah to the Honorable Nun Theodora (Safford, AZ: St Pasius Serbian Orthodox Monastery, 2001).

140–1, 143. 27. Julian Haseldine, “The Monastic Cult of Friendship,” in The Culture of Medieval English Monasticism, ed. James G. Clark (Woodbridge: Boydell, 2007), pp. 177–202; quotation at p. 201. 28. D. L. D’Avray, The Preaching of the Friars: Sermons Diffused from Paris before 1300 (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1985), pp. 3–4. 29. Brooke, The Age of the Cloister, p. 45. 30. Brian Patrick McGuire, Friendship and Community: The Monastic Experience, 350–1250 (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2010), p.

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