War and the making of medieval monastic culture

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. 'An extremely interesting and important book... makes an important contribution to the history of med...

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Subtitles:War & the Making of Medieval Monastic Culture
Main Author: Smith, Katherine Allen ca. 20./21. Jh.
Format: Electronic Book
Language:English
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Published: Suffolk Boydell & Brewer 2011.
Standardized Subjects / Keyword chains:B War / Monasticism / History 950-1250
Further subjects:B Monasticism and religious orders History Middle Ages, 600-1500
B Monasticism and religious orders History, Middle Ages, 600-1500
B War and society Europe History, To 1500
B Monasticism and religious orders ; History ; Middle Ages, 600-1500
B War and society ; Europe ; History ; To 1500
B War and society Europe History To 1500
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Print version: 9781843836162
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Summary: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. 'An extremely interesting and important book... makes an important contribution to the history of medieval monastic spirituality in a formative period, whilst also fitting into wider debates on the origins, development and impact of ideas on crusading and holy war.' Dr William Purkis, University of Birmingham. 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 the archetypal 'soldier of Christ' and his life of prayer as a continuous combat with the devil: indeed, monks' claims to supremacy on the spiritual battlefield grew even louder as Church leaders extended the title of 'soldier of Christ' to lay knights and crusaders. So, while medieval monasteries have traditionally been portrayed as peaceful sanctuaries in a violent world, here the author demonstrates that monastic identity was negotiated through real and imaginary encounters with war, and that the concept of spiritual warfare informed virtually every aspect of life in the cloister. It thus breaks new ground in the history of European attitudes toward warfare and warriors in the age of the papal reform movement and the early crusades. Katherine Allen Smith is Assistant Professor of History, University of Puget Sound.
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
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ISBN:1846158419