The World of Orderic Vitalis: Norman Monks and Norman Knights

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Boydell & Brewer, Jan 1, 1996 - Biography & Autobiography - 255 pages
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Orderic Vitalis, born near Shrewsbury in 1075 and sent as a child oblate to the Norman abbey of Saint-Evroult, wrote one of the most vivid and important medieval chronicles. His world encompassed Shropshire in the aftermath of the Conquest, Normandy in civil war and at peace, and, briefly, the wider French perspective of the priory of Maule. Saint-Evroult was open to all the cross-currents of a changing society, and Orderic witnessed fundamental changes in church organisation, patterns of aristocratic inheritance, attitudes towards knighthood, and Christian militancy towards non-Christians.BR> This book is concerned with monastic life and culture and its interaction with the life of courts and Norman families. It also describes the life of Orderic himself, and an appendix gives a translation of his own moving account of his life, an epilogue to the Historia.MARJORIE CHIBNALL is a Fellow of Clare Hall, Cambridge. She has written many booksand articles about the Anglo-Norman world, including an edition of Orderic's Ecclesiastical History.
 

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Contents

Family and Boyhood in England
3
The Place of the Monasteries
45
Monastic Life
58
Monastic Studies
86
Court and Society
117
The World Outside
146
The Record of the Past
169
Contemporary History
181
Genealogical Tables
226
Index
237
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