Monastic life in Anglo-Saxon England, c. 600-900 /

"This history of monasticism in early Anglo-Saxon England explores the history of the church between the conversion to Christianity in the sixth century and a monastic revival in the tenth. It represents the first comprehensive revision of accepted views about monastic life in England before th...

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Main Author: Foot, Sarah (Author)
Format: Book
Published:Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2006.
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Table of Contents:
  • List of plates page
  • List of figures
  • Preface
  • List of abbreviations
  • 1. Introduction: situating the problem
  • Definition of terms
  • Approach and method
  • Retrospective readings
  • A contemporary perspective
  • Historiographical contexts
  • Monastic life in England c. 600-900
  • 2. The ideal minster
  • Minsters as total institutions
  • Organising space
  • Regulating communal life
  • The monastic family
  • Part I. Within the walls
  • 3. The making of minsters
  • The foundation of minsters
  • The endowment of minsters
  • The physical character of early minster sites
  • The economic basis of the religious life
  • The control of monastic lands and endowments
  • The making of minsters
  • 4. The minster community
  • Monastic vocations
  • Entry to the religious life
  • Monastic discipline
  • The minster community
  • Conclusion
  • 5. Daily life within minsters
  • Prayer and worship
  • Manual labour
  • Education and learning
  • Food and drink
  • Leisure
  • Conclusion
  • Part II. Without the walls
  • 6. Dependencies, affinities, clusters
  • Monastic friendships
  • The Wilfridian affinity
  • Irish and Frankish models
  • Medeshamstede and its colonies
  • Clusters and dependencies
  • Conclusion
  • 7. Minsters in the world
  • The cure of souls
  • The laity and the minster
  • Conclusion
  • Coda
  • 8. Horizons
  • Bibliography
  • Index

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