Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

Sources for Monastic Life in the Middle Ages and the Early Modern Period

Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

Sources for Monastic Life in the Middle Ages and the Early Modern Period

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Sources for Monastic Life in the Middle Ages and the Early Modern Period. Edited by Carolyn Marino Malone and Clark Maines. [Disciplina Monástica, Vol. 10.] (Turnhout: Brepols. 2014. Pp. 393. euro115,00 paperback. ISBN 978-2-503-55011-4.)

This volume contains the papers presented at the "Medieval Customaries and Monastic/Regular Life: Approaches from Across the Disciplines" colloquium held at Château de la Bretesche, France, on June 10-13, 2007, with an introduction by the editors. The book is the tenth volume of Brepols' Disciplina Monástica. The main objective of this series is to present the current state of affairs regarding medieval and early-modern monastic scholarship from an interdisciplinary point of view, including historians of different expertises as well as archaeologists and philologists. The volume is divided into three sections: (1) Customary Texts as Sources for Monastic Life; (2) Customary Texts and Monastic Architecture; and (3) Monastic and Regular Life as Revealed in Customs, Rules, and Other Texts. In section 1 there are three papers. Isabelle Cochelin studies manuscripts of customaries before 1100, in order to attract attention to these sources for the study of everyday life in the Middle Ages. Catherine Bonnin-Magne's paper deals with the relationship between Cluniac customaries and the diffusion of the cult of Cluniac saints. Pius Engelbert describes his progress on the edition of William of Hirsau's Constitutiones Hirsaugenses. In section 2 Anne Baud and Christian Sapin present the state of the archaeological research in the Abbey of Cluny. The authors use earlier Cluniac archaeological data, written sources, and their own archaeological discoveries to describe the current knowledge of the early stages of Cluny's construction and to show the problems to be faced in the next excavations. In the same section, Carolyn Marino Malone shows the relationship between the peculiar architecture of Saint-Bénigne de Dijon's abbey church and the development of specific, although Cluniac-based, liturgies during the eleventh century. …

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