Medieval Monasticism: Forms of Religious Life in Western Europe in the Middle Ages
Although monasticism still exists in the present-day, it is no longer the prominent feature of the social landscape that it was in medieval times: for a thousand years the monasteries and religious orders played a major role in the society, economy and the culture of the West, and the service they rendered to European civilization is incalculable. Moreover, richly endowed by kings and magnates, the great monastic houses and their leaders figured as much on the political, as on the spiritual, map of the medieval world.
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Review: Medieval Monasticism: Forms of Religious Life in Western Europe in the Middle AgesUser Review - Peter Mottola - Goodreads
Great historical overview. Now a little dated and in need of a fourth edition to take into account some recent scholarship, this remains a great introductory work. Read full review
Review: Medieval Monasticism: Forms of Religious Life in Western Europe in the Middle AgesUser Review - Tanya - Goodreads
Another fascinating book (if a little difficult to read) for my History of Christianity class. I don't think I've learned anything about the medieval period since world civ(??) class in high school. One cool fact, monks were all supposed to be vegetarian (unless they were sick)! Read full review