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Monasticism

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  • Run to the Mountainby Thomas Merton

    HarperCollins 2009; US$ 14.99

    When Thomas Merton died accidentally in Bangkok in 1968, the beloved Trappist monk's will specified that his personal diaries not be published for 25 years -- presumably because they contained his uncensored thoughts and feelings. Now, a quarter of a century has passed since Merton's death, and the journals are the last major piece of writing to appear... more...

  • The Intimate Mertonby Thomas Merton

    HarperCollins 2009; US$ 15.99

    In this diary-like memoir, composed of his most poignant and insightful journal entries, The Intimate Merton lays bare the steep ways of Thomas Merton's spiritual path. Culled from the seven volumes of his personal journals, this twenty nine year chronicle deepens and extends the story Thomas Merton recounted and made famous in The Seven Storey... more...

  • The Monk and the Bookby Megan Hale Williams

    University of Chicago Press 2008; US$ 38.00

    In the West, monastic ideals and scholastic pursuits are complementary; monks are popularly imagined copying classics, preserving learning through the Middle Ages, and establishing the first universities. But this dual identity is not without its contradictions. While monasticism emphasizes the virtues of poverty, chastity, and humility, the scholar,... more...

  • The Revelations of St. Birgitta of Sweden, 2by Denis Searby; Bridget Morris

    Oxford University Press, USA 2008; US$ 64.99

    St. Brigitta of Sweden (1303-73, canonized 1391) was one of the most charismatic and influential visionaries of the later Middle Ages. Altogether, she received some seven hundred revelations, dealing with subjects ranging from meditations on the human condition, domestic affairs in Sweden, and ecclesiastical matters in Rome, to revelations in praise... more...

  • Managing Monksby Jonathan A. Silk

    Oxford University Press, USA 2008; US$ 64.99

    The paradigmatic Buddhist is the monk. It is well known that ideally Buddhist monks are expected to meditate and study -- to engage in religious practice. The institutional structure which makes this concentration on spiritual cultivation possible is the monastery. But as a bureaucratic institution, the monastery requires administrators to organize... more...

  • A Monastic Renaissance at St Albansby James G. Clark

    Clarendon Press 2004; US$ 184.99

    A Monastic Renaissance at St Albans is a study of intellectual life - teaching, preaching, the production of books, and the pursuit of scholarship - at one of England's greatest monasteries at the end of the Middle Ages. It has always been assumed that the monasteries fell into decline long before the Dissolution, but this study demonstrates the... more...

  • Buddhist Monasticism in East Asiaby James A. Benn; Lori Meeks; James Robson

    Taylor and Francis 2009; US$ 49.95

    Taking into account the diverse religious, historical, social and cultural contexts within which they have existed, this book provides a multifaceted examination of Buddhist monasteries. Written by specialists in the study of monasteries and monastic practice in East Asia, it is a timely contribution on this aspect of Buddhist religious practice. more...

  • Monk Habits for Everyday Peopleby Dennis L. Okholm; Kathleen Norris

    Baker Publishing Group 2007; US$ 16.00

    An evangelical theologian who has researched and practices Benedictine spirituality offers an accessible introduction to this time-tested practice. more...

  • Negotiating Clerical Identitiesby Jennifer D. Thibodeaux

    Palgrave Macmillan 2010; US$ 105.00

    Clerics in the Middle Ages were subjected to differing ideals of masculinity, both from within the Church and from lay society. The historians in this volume interrogate the meaning of masculine identity for the medieval clergy, by considering a wide range of sources, time periods and geographical contexts. more...

  • Monodies and On the Relics of Saintsby Guibert of Nogent; Joseph McAlhany; Joseph McAlhany; Jay Rubenstein

    Penguin Group US 2011; US$ 15.99

    The first Western autobiography since Augustine's Confessions , the Monodies is set against the backdrop of the First Crusade and offers stunning insights into medieval society. As Guibert of Nogent intimately recounts his early years, monastic life, and the bloody uprising at Laon in 1112, we witness a world-and a mind-populated by royals,... more...