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Monasticism

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  • 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$ 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...

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

    Taylor and Francis 2009; US$ 54.95

    The area of Buddhist monasticism has long attracted the interest of Buddhist studies scholars and historians, but the interpretation of the nature and function of monasteries across diverse cultures and vast historical periods remains a focus for debate. This book provides a multifaceted discussion of religious, social, cultural, artistic, and political... more...

  • How the Irish Saved Civilizationby Thomas Cahill

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2010; US$ 15.95

    The perfect St. Patrick's Day gift, and a book in the best tradition of popular history -- the untold story of Ireland's role in maintaining Western culture while the Dark Ages settled on Europe. Every year millions of Americans celebrate St. Patrick's Day, but they may not be aware of how great an influence St. Patrick was on the subsequent history... 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$ 110.00

    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 Publishing Group 2011; US$ 20.00

    ?Diarmaid MacCulloch, author of Christianity & The Reformation "Marvelous: a revelation. I had not heard of Guibert of Nogent. His Monodies is a very dark autobiography and profoundly moving in its visions of sin." ? ?Harold Bloom "This magnificent autobiography has all the stuff of a psychological drama, the excitement of a great social... more...

  • Life in a Monasteryby Stephen Hebron

    The History Press 2012; US$ 2.90

    The golden age of the monastery in Britain was between the Norman Conquest (1066) and the dissolution of the monasteries (1536-40). This guide examines the lives of the monks in the seclusion of the great monasteries, freed from the temptations and distractions of the fallen world and governed by the triple vows of poverty, chastity and obedience.... 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...

  • 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...