Tis book puts in context the place of Christian monasticism in the story of the world. That is the theme the author has tried to deal with, and though many excellent things have been written about monks this book deals with their earnest labours for mankind from just this point of view.
The twin pillars of mediaeval civilization were the tradition of Home and Christian monasticism (rather than the Christian faith as such), and each had a great contribution to make. In this book the author has attempted to set forth the main outlines of the second pillar of medievalism - those tasks so well achieved by the monks whose original traditions might have appeared so exceedingly unpromising.
I. The Desert Monks of Egypt II. The Work of S. Basil and His Successors III. The First Monks of the West IV. S. Benedict V. Monk Rebuilders of a World VI. Celtic Monasticism VII. Nuns, Hermits and Pilgrims VIII. The Great House of Cluny IX. S. Bernard and the Cistercians X. The Rise of the Friars XI. The Monk as Missionary XII. The Monk as Statesman XIII. The Monk as Soldier XIV. Monastic Literature XV. Monastic Art XVI. The Decline of the Great Medieval Orders XVII. Jesuits and Later Orders
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