Daily Life in a Medieval Monastery

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Greenwood, 2013 - History - 211 pages
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A study of life inside medieval monasteries that explores monastic spirituality, daily routines, contact with the outside world, and the historical impact of these foundational institutions on the Western world.

* Surveys the history of the monastery, describing its origins, purpose, geographic spread, and impact on the larger society

* Provides a glimpse of the rich and often idiosyncratic evidence that survives for medieval monasteries

* Emphasizes the pervasiveness of monasticism in medieval Europe, the versatility of the monastic tradition, and its remarkable survival

* Brings to life the interior experience of a typical monk or nun, allowing readers to understand what draws some individuals to the monastic life

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Sherri Olson, PhD, is associate professor of history and codirector of the medieval studies program at the University of Connecticut.

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