Making and Breaking the Rules Hardback

Discussion, Implementation, and Consequences of Dominican Legislation

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Making and Breaking the Rules

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The Dominican Order's exponential growth in the first decades of its existence brought with it the challenges of providing a stable organizational framework for the order and its members, and maintaining unity and cohesion, from local to provincial and order-wide levels. This volume takes an interdisciplinary approach to exploring the theory and practice of introducing order in all areas of Dominican life by means of rules and guidelines. With the rich transmission of acts of Dominican general and provincial chapters providing a fruitful starting point, the essays branch out to take account of a wide range of materials, including literary sources, codicological and musicological evidence, and architectural remains. Among the overarching questions asked are: by what means were rules and guidelines disseminated and implemented in the Dominican Order; what impact did they have and what were their intended, but also unintended, consequences; and what were the effects and outcomes of not following the rules laid down by the Order.
The volume asks whether the historical evidence in normative sources such as the Acts of the General Chapters, widely used as a point of reference in modern scholarship, might represent an inaccurate and incomplete picture of the Order, one which was far removed from the reality on the ground.

Making and Breaking the Rules was published by German Historical Institute London in April 2017. The ISBN for Making and Breaking the Rules is 9780198800972.

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Details for Making and Breaking the Rules

Book FormatHardback
PublisherGerman Historical Institute London (April 2017)
Number of Pages440
Height216 mm
Width138 mm
Product Code4493941
Page last updated 18th April 2018
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