Monks and laymen in Byzantium, 843-1118

In Byzantium monks did not form a separate caste, apart from society. They were not only loyal to their own houses or monastic leaders, but also formed part of a nexus of social, economic and spiritual relationships which bound together the 'powerful' in the middle Byzantine state. Their m...

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Subtitles:Monks & Laymen in Byzantium, 843–1118
Main Author: Morris, Rosemary
Format: Electronic Book
Language:English
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Published: Cambridge Cambridge University Press 1995.
Standardized Subjects / Keyword chains:B Byzantine Empire / Monk / Layman / History 843-1118
Further subjects:B Orthodox Eastern monasticism and religious orders (Byzantine Empire) History Middle Ages, 600-1500
B Byzantine Empire Church history
B Orthodox Eastern monasticism and religious orders ; Byzantine Empire ; History ; Middle Ages, 600-1500
B Byzantine Empire ; Church history
B Orthodox Eastern monasticism and religious orders Byzantine Empire History, Middle Ages, 600-1500
Online Access: Volltext (Verlag)
Parallel Edition:Non-electronic
Print version: 9780521265584
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Summary:In Byzantium monks did not form a separate caste, apart from society. They were not only loyal to their own houses or monastic leaders, but also formed part of a nexus of social, economic and spiritual relationships which bound together the 'powerful' in the middle Byzantine state. Their monasticism, unlike the Western religious 'orders', displayed a highly individualistic streak. Using hagiography, chronicles and, in particular, the archives of the Athonite monasteries, this book reassesses the role of monks in Byzantine society and examines the reasons for the flowering of the monastic life in the period from the end of iconoclasm to the beginning of the twelfth century. The first study of its kind in English, it is aimed at anyone interested in either the Western or the Byzantine early medieval religious life.
1. The resurgence of the monastic life -- 2. Groups, communities and solitaries -- 3. Monastic founders -- 4. Monasticism and society -- 5. Piety, patronage and politics -- 6. Monasteries and the law -- 7. Fortune and misfortune -- 8. Territorial expansion and spiritual compromise -- 9. The challenge to central authority -- 10. The Komnene reaction -- Appendix: Imperial privileges to monasteries, c. 900-1118
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ISBN:0511523076
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.1017/CBO9780511523076