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Religious Life for Women C.1100-C.1350 : Fontevraud in England (Hardcover)

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This is the first detailed scholarly study of the Order of Fontevraud's English monastic houses. During the twelfth and thirteenth centuries the Order was notably prestigious and autonomous, renowned both for the prayerfulness of its members and for their independent management of their affairs.
The huge following of Robert Arbrissel (d. 1116) included many women - not at first the aristocrats who later dominated the Order of Fontevraud, but prostitutes, beggars, and other representatives of the dregs of society. Urged by Church authorities to stabilize his women followers, Robert gave them a Rule which was, in essentials, that of St. Benedict, but he introduced men as chaplains, clerks, and lay-brothers for the nuns. Uniquely, however, for contemporary houses for women, the men were placed firmly under the direction of the nuns and remained there throughout the Order's history.
Dr. Berenice Kerr's study of Fontevraud's English establishments: Amesbury, Nuneaton, and Westwood (Grovebury, the Order's fourth foundation, was never more than an administrative centre) opens up a wide range of insights and information about monasticism and religious life for women in the middle ages.


Publisher Clarendon Pr
Mfg Part# 9780198207528
SKU 206876274
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 0198207522
Release Date 7/14/2009
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Book Format Hardcover
Number of Pages 0320
Publisher Oxford University Press, USA

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