Monastic Life in Anglo-Saxon England, c. 600-900

By: Sarah Foot

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This major new 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 the Benedictine reform. Sarah Foot shows how early Anglo-Saxon religious houses were simultaneously active and contemplative, their members withdrawing from the preoccupations of contemporary aristocratic society while in a very real sense remaining part of that world. Focusing on the institution of the 'minster' (the communal religious community) and rejecting a simplistic binary division between active 'minsters' and enclosed 'monasteries', Foot argues that historians have been wrong to see minsters in the light of ideals of Benedictine monasticism. Instead, she demonstrates that Anglo-Saxon minsters reflected more of contemporary social attitudes; despite their aim for solitude, they retained close links to aristocratic German society. • First revisionist account of early English monasticism • Accessibly written, with numerous quotations in English from contemporary sources • Draws on an impressive range of sources, including liturgy, diplomatic and narrative history and archaeology Contents 1. Introduction: situating the problem; 2. The ideal minster; Part I. Within the Walls: 3. The making of minsters; 4. The minster community; 5. Daily life within the minster; Part II. Without the Walls: 6. Dependencies, affinities, clusters; 7. Minsters in the world; Coda; 8. Horizons; Bibliography. Review Printed Pages: 414 with 13 line diagrams and 15 half-tones.

Title: Monastic Life in Anglo-Saxon England, c. 600-900

Author Name: Sarah Foot

Categories: Christianity, Religion,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: Cambridge, UK, Cambridge University Press: 2006

ISBN: 0521859468

ISBN 13: 9780521859462

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Brand New

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Size: 228 x 152 Mm

Seller ID: 018619

Keywords: Christian Christianity Religion