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Medieval Monasticism

1st Edition

By Giles Constable


348 pages

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Hardback: 9780415322331
pub: 2017-05-11

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This collection of Giles Constable's key articles on medieval monastic and ecclesiastical history provides nothing less than a comprehensive overview of research in the field. The book provides an insight into monastic life in the Middle Ages - from Germany to Normandy and from England to Sicily.

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List of Abbreviations


I The Commemoration of the Dead in the Early Middle Ages 169-195

Early Medieval Rome and the Christian West: Essays in Honour of Donald A. Bullough, ed. Julia M. H. Smith (Leiden-Boston-Cologne, 2000)

II The Cross in Medieval Monastic Life 236-250

Christianity and Culture in the Middle Ages: Essays to Honor John Van Engen, eds. David C. Mengel and Lisa Wolverton (Notre Dame, 2015)

III Carolingian Monasticism as Seen in the Plan of St Gall 199-217

Le monde carolingien. Bilan, perspectives, champs de recherches. Actes du colloque interanational de Poitiers, Centre d’Etudes supérieures de Civilisation médiévale, 18-20 novembre, 2004, eds. Wojciech Fałkowski and Yves Sassier (Culture et société médiévales, 18; Turnhout, 2009)

IV Monks and Canons in Carolingian Gaul: The Case of Rigrannus of Le Mans 320-336

After Rome’s Fall: Narrators and Sources of Early Medieval History. Essays presented to Walter Goffart, ed. Alexander Callander Murray (Toronto-Buffalo London, 1998)

V Religious Communities, 1024-1215 335-367 and 817-822

The New Cambridge Medieval History, Vol. IV: c. 1024-c. 1198, part I, eds. David Luscombe and Jonathan Riley-Smith (Cambridge, 2004)

VI Abbatial Profession in Normandy and England in the Eleventh and Twelfth Century, with particular attention to Bec 105-120

Ins Wasser geworfen und Ozeane durchquert. Festschrift für Knut Wolfgang Nörr, eds. M. Ascheri, F. Ebel, M. Heckel, A. Padoa-Schioppa, W. Pöggeler, F. Ranieri, and W. Rütten (Köhl-Weimar-Wien, 2003)

VII The Image of Bruno of Cologne in his Mortuary Roll 63-72

Ovidio Capitani: Quaranta anni per la storia medioevale, ed. Maria Consiglia De Matteis (Bologna, 2003) II

VIII Saint Bruno of Cologne and Solitude 27-41

Truth as Gift: Studies in Medieval Cistercian History in Honor of John R. Sommerfeldt, eds. Marsha Dutton, Daniel M. LaCorte, and Paul Lockey (Kalamazoo, 2004)

IX Spiritual Emptiness and Ascetic Exile in the Middle Ages 135-158

On the Shoulders of Giants. Essays in Honor of Glenn W. Olsen, eds. David F. Appleby and Teresa Olsen Pierre (Papers in Mediaeval Studies, 27; Toronto, 2015)

X Herman of Tournai and the Monastery of Saint Vincent at Valencia 85-104

Praise no less than charity: Studies in Honor of M. Chrysogonus Waddell (Cistercian Studies, 193; Kalamazoo, 2002)

XI Hildegard’s Explanation of the Rule of St Benedict 163-187

Hildegard von Bingen in ihrem historischen Umfeld. Internazionaler wissenschaftlicher Kongress zum 900jährigen Juniläum, 13.-19. September 1998, Bingen am Rhein, eds. Alfred Haverkamp and Alexander Reverchon (Mainz, 2000)

XII The Lay Brothers and Lay Sisters of the Order of Sempringham 83-96

Medieval Studies in Honour of Avrom Saltman (Bar-Ilan Studies in History, 4; Ramat-Gan, 1995)

XIII Individualism and Institutions in Medieval Religious Communities 9-36

Visions of Community in the Pre-Modern World, ed. Nicholas Howe (Notre Dame, 2002)

XIV Reform and Diversity in Medieval Religious Communities 167-191

Religiosità e civiltà. Identità delle forme religiose (secoli X-XIV). Atti del Convegno Internazionale Brescia, 9-11 settembre 2009, ed. Giancarlo Andenna (‘Le settimane internazionale della Mendola’. N.S. 2007-2011)

XV Controversy and Compromise in Religious Communities in the Eleventh and Twelfth Centuries 145-156

Knowledge, Discipline and Power in the Middle Ages: Essays in Honour of David Luscombe, eds. Joseph Canning, Edmund King, and Martial Staub (Leiden-Boston 2011)

XVI The Meeting of East and West in Medieval Monasticism in Sicily and South Italy


Renaissance Encounters: Greek East and Latin West, eds. Marina S. Brownlee and Dimitri H. Gondicas (Leiden-Boston, 2013)

About the Author

Giles Constable is Professor Emeritus of Medieval History in the School of Historical Studies, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, USA.

About the Series

Variorum Collected Studies

The first title in the Variorum Collected Studies series was published in 1970. Since then well over 1000 titles have appeared in the series, and it has established a well-earned international reputation for the publication of key research across a whole range of subjects within the fields of history.

The history of the medieval world remains central to the series, with Byzantine studies a particular speciality, but the range of titles extends from Hellenistic philosophy and the history of the Roman empire and early Christianity, through the Renaissance and Reformation, up to the 20th century. Islamic Studies forms another major strand as do the histories of science, technology and medicine.

Each title in the Variorum Collected Studies series brings together for the first time a selection of articles by a leading authority on a particular subject. These studies are reprinted from a vast range of learned journals, Festschrifts and conference proceedings. They make available research that is scattered, even inaccessible in all but the largest and most specialized libraries. With a new introduction and index, and often with new notes and previously unpublished material, they constitute an essential resource. 

For further information about contributing to the series please contact Michael Greenwood at [email protected]

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Medieval