Western Monasticism: A History of the Monastic Movement in the Latin Church (Cistercian Studies)

by Peter King

Paperback, 1999

Status

Available

Call number

271

Collection

Publication

Cistercian Publications (1999), Edition: First Edition (US) First Printing, 488 pages

Description

Christians have been drawn to monastic life nearly as long as Christianity has existed. Dedicating themselves to prayer, meditation, and good works, men and women in many diverse times and places have been willing to abstain from marriage, sexual relations, and personal ownership to serve God singlemindedly. In this overview of the Latin tradition, Peter King, emeritus senior lecturer of medieval history at Saint Andrew's University, leads readers quickly but deftly along the rugged monastic road from late antique Egypt to the present day, passing through spectacular expansion in medieval Europe, dissolution during the Reformation, retrenchment at the Counter Reformation, condemnation during the Enlightenment, destruction at the hands of revolutionaries, refoundation and new vigor during the nineteenth and the ecumenical twentieth centuries.… (more)

Language

Original language

English

Physical description

488 p.; 8.5 inches

ISBN

0879077859 / 9780879077853
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