Medieval Monastic Education

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George Ferzoco, Carolyn Muessig
A&C Black, 2000 - History - 237 pages
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While the role of monastic education has been studied in great detail in regard to male practices, this book examines the differences between the monastic formation and education of men and of women in Western Europe from the eighth to the sixteenth century. Fourteen chapters, written by well-known scholars, consider monastic education and practices in the geographical areas of England, France, Germany and the Low Countries. Using attitudes toward education and actual educational theories, the authors explore issues such as the use of music and physical training in education to explore new realms of the discipline.
 

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It is an interesting book that is informative about monks life, but is not recommended for kids as it is quite long and hard to understand.

Contents

monastic education in the Middle Ages
1
2 Training for the liturgy as a form of monastic education
7
using the body to mould the mind Cluny in the tenth and eleventh centuries
21
reflection on a fifteenthcentury manuscript at Downside Abbey
35
5 The scope of learning within the cloisters of the English cathedral priories in the later Middle Ages
41
6 University monks in late medieval England
56
7 Hildegard of Bingens teaching in her Expositiones evangeliorum and Ordo virtutum
72
Hildegard of Bingen and Herrad of Landsberg
87
the evidence from wall painting in late medieval England
117
Bartholomew Guthlac and the Apostles cult in early medieval England
136
the forms and functions of beguine education
153
reworking monastic traditions
168
the witness of Zwiefalten and the Hirsau reform
182
Abbreviations
198
Bibliography
199
Index
231

9 Educating Heloise
105

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About the author (2000)

George Ferzoco is a lecturer and Director of Italian Studies in the School of Modern Languages, University of Leicester. Carolyn Muessig is a lecturer in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies, University of Bristol.

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