The articles in this volume deal with the history of the abbey of Cluny, both its relations with the outside world and its internal organisation and spirituality, from its foundation in 910 until the end of the twelfth century. After an opening article on the early history of Cluny, relating it to previous monasticism and the monastic world of the tenth century, there are a group of articles on how monks were admitted to Cluny, how they were organised, what they did, and on the monastery’s privileges. Two articles are concerned with Cluny’s relations with the abbey of Baume and another with Cluny and the First Crusade. Finally there are a group of articles on Cluny in the twelfth century. One deals with the relations between the abbots and the increasingly assertive townsmen of Cluny and another with the confused period following the death of Peter the Venerable, when there were a series of relatively short-term abbots, and one apparent anti-abbot.
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Contents: Preface; Cluny in the monastic world of the tenth century; Seniores et pueri Ã Cluny aux Xe, XIe siècles; Entrance to Cluny in the eleventh and twelfth centuries according to the Cluniac customaries and statutes; The reception-privilege of Cluny in the eleventh and twelfth centuries; The interdict-and excommunication-privilege for Cluny in the Papal Bulls of 1097 and 1100; From Cluny to CÃ®teaux; Cluny and the First Crusade; Baume and Cluny in the twelfth century; Les listes de propriétés dans les privilèges pour Baume-les-Messieurs aux XIe et XIIe siècles; Commemoration and confraternity at Cluny during the abbacy of Peter the Venerable; An unpublished letter by Peter the Venerable to the Priors of Paray-le-Monial, Mesvres, and Luzy in 1147; The Abbots and Anti-Abbot of Cluny during the Papal Schism of 1159; The Abbot and townsmen of Cluny in the twelfth century; Addenda; Bibliography; Index.
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