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The Resource Angelic monks and earthly men : monasticism and its meaning to medieval society, Ludo J.R. Milis

Angelic monks and earthly men : monasticism and its meaning to medieval society, Ludo J.R. Milis

Label
Angelic monks and earthly men : monasticism and its meaning to medieval society
Title
Angelic monks and earthly men
Title remainder
monasticism and its meaning to medieval society
Statement of responsibility
Ludo J.R. Milis
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"Monasticism is often seen as a central driving force of the medieval world, 'a specific spiritual ideal and aim of perfection implemented as a lifestyle', which had a considerable impact on society as a whole. This challenging book re-examines this view, looking at how monastic ideals and practices interacted with the world outside the monastery walls." "Professor Milis begins with a definition of the concepts of early medieval, Benedictine and Cistercian monasticism, essential to any discussion of the subject. He believes that, because monastic records predominate, there is a serious risk that the monks' role may be over-emphasised. From this base he sets out to examine what effect monasticism had on ordinary people. He argues that because monasticism denied the intrinsic value of earthly life, and set its sights on a transcendental afterlife, it was almost ineffective as a force for social change, and was largely conservative in character. Its lack of regard for everyday life meant that in social and economic activities monks ran their worldly affairs no differently from laymen. The main purpose of monasticism was heaven: monastic attitudes towards the world were ritualised and marginal." "Although the system of spiritual values developed within the monasteries was steadily imposed on all Christians, the monks' role was limited by increasingly strict observance of their vows, which confined them to the cloister. Further, the content of the monasteries' intellectual and artistic activities was directed at an elite, and thus influenced society only at second hand. Finally, focusing on the everyday life of the monks themselves, Ludo Milis considers how far the reality of daily life within the monastery might have diminished the impact of the monastic ideal, and how far it may have been perceived as an escape from harsh reality."--BOOK JACKET
Cataloging source
DLC
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1940-
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Milis, Ludovicus
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Monasticism and religious orders
  • Social history
Label
Angelic monks and earthly men : monasticism and its meaning to medieval society, Ludo J.R. Milis
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 153-164) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
25026682
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xiv, 170 pages
Isbn
9780851153032
Isbn Type
(acid-free paper)
Lccn
91045505
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(WaOLN)1458758
Label
Angelic monks and earthly men : monasticism and its meaning to medieval society, Ludo J.R. Milis
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 153-164) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
25026682
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xiv, 170 pages
Isbn
9780851153032
Isbn Type
(acid-free paper)
Lccn
91045505
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(WaOLN)1458758

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