Monastic Life In Anglo-saxon England, C. 600-900 Hardback

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Monastic Life In Anglo-saxon England, C. 600-900

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This major new history of monasticism in early Anglo-Saxon England explores the history of the Church between the conversion to Christianity in the sixth century and a monastic revival in the tenth. It represents the first comprehensive revision of accepted views about monastic life in England before the Benedictine reform. Sarah Foot shows how early Anglo-Saxon religious houses were simultaneously active and contemplative, their members withdrawing from the preoccupations of contemporary aristocratic society, while still remaining part of that world. Focusing on the institution of the 'minster' (the communal religious community) and rejecting a simplistic binary division between active 'minsters' and enclosed 'monasteries', Foot argues that historians have been wrong to see minsters in the light of ideals of Benedictine monasticism. Instead, she demonstrates that Anglo-Saxon minsters reflected more of contemporary social attitudes; despite their aim for solitude, they retained close links to aristocratic German society.

Monastic Life In Anglo-saxon England, C. 600-900 by Sarah Foot was published by Cambridge University Press in October 2006 and is our 50952nd best seller. The ISBN for Monastic Life In Anglo-saxon England, C. 600-900 is 9780521859462.

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Page last updated 26th April 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherCambridge University Press (October 2006)
Weight1063g
Number of Pages414
Thickness30 mm
Height246 mm
Width189 mm
ISBN9780521859462
ISBN-100521859468
Product Code1007800
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