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  • 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...

  • Friars, Theby C. H Lawrence

    I.B.Tauris 2013; US$ 34.00

    The mendicant friars of the Franciscan and Dominican orders played a unique and important role in medieval society. In the early thirteenth century, the Church was being challenged by a confident new secular culture, associated with the growth of towns, the rise of literature and articulate laity, the development of new sciences and the creation of... more...

  • A Monastic Renaissance at St Albansby James G. Clark

    Clarendon Press 2004; US$ 204.99

    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...

  • 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...

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

    Penguin Group US 2011; US$ 16.99

    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...

  • A Rule for Children and Other Writingsby Jacqueline Pascal; John J. S.J. Conley

    University of Chicago Press 2007; US$ 20.00

    Jacqueline Pascal (1625-1661) was the sister of Blaise Pascal and a nun at the Jansenist Port-Royal convent in France. She was also a prolific writer who argued for the spiritual rights of women and the right of conscientious objection to royal, ecclesiastic, and family authority. This book presents selections from the whole of Pascal's career as... more...

  • Book for the Hour of Recreationby María de San José Salazar; Alison Weber; Amanda Powell; Alison Weber

    University of Chicago Press 2007; US$ 25.00

    María de San José Salazar (1548-1603) took the veil as a Discalced ("barefoot") Carmelite nun in 1571, becoming one of Teresa of Avila's most important collaborators in religious reform and serving as prioress of the Seville and Lisbon convents. Within the parameters of the strict Catholic Reformation in Spain, María fiercely... more...

  • Narratives of a New Orderby E. Freeman

    Brepols Publishers 2002; US$ 77.00

    The author examines the classic genre for inventing a past, argueing that historical narratives of the English Cistercians helped define the characteristics of the new Cistercian monastic order as well as new political orders of twelfth- and thirteenth-century England. more...

  • Send me Godby M. Cawley

    Brepols Publishers 2003; US$ 95.00

    In the early 13th century the diocese of Liège witnessed an extraordinary religious revival, known to us largely through the abundant corpus of saints' lives from that region. Holy women were held up by their biographers as models of orthodoxy and miraculous powers. Less familiar but no less fascinating are the male saints of the region. In this volume... more...

  • Dialogues with Silenceby Thomas Merton

    HarperCollins 2009; US$ 12.99

    An intensely personal devotional book from Thomas Merton, the ultimate spiritual writer of our time, showing his contemplative and religious side through his prayers and rarely-seen drawings. The only Merton gift book available. Dialogues with Silence contains a selection of prayers from throughout Merton's life--from his journals, letters,... more...