Isle of the Saints: Monastic Settlement and Christian Community in Early Ireland

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Cornell University Press, Feb 1, 1994 - Religion - 268 pages
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Isle of the Saints recreates the harsh yet richly spiritual world of medieval Irish monks on the Christian frontier of barbarian Europe. Lisa Bitel draws on accounts of saints' lives written between 800 and 1200 to explain, from the monks' own perspective, the social networks that bound them to one another and to their secular neighbors.
  

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Contents

INTRODUCTION The Saints and the Sources
1
SETTLEMENT
15
Monastic Settlement
17
The Monastic Enclosure
57
THE COMMUNITY
83
The Monastic Family
85
Clientship and the Division of Labor
115
Saints Kings and Social Order
145
Spirituales Medici
173
The Politics of Hospitality
194
Exile and Pilgrimage
222
Epilogue
235
APPENDIX A Place Names
245
APPENDIX B Saints Names
247
Subject Index
263
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