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The Cambridge Companion to the Cistercian Order

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Mette Birkedal Bruun, Emilia Jamroziak, Martha G. Newman, Peter King, Michael Casey, James France, Brian Patrick McGuire, Elizabeth Freeman, Constance Hoffman Berman, Diane J. Reilly, David N. Bell, Thomas Coomans, Christopher Holdsworth, M. B. Pranger, E. Rozanne Elder, Bernard McGinn, Wim Verbaal, Beverly Mayne Kienzle, Nicolas Bell
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  • Date Published: November 2012
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521171847

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  • This volume presents the composite character of the Cistercian Order in its unity and diversity, detailing the white monks' history from the Middle Ages to the present day. It charts the geographical spread of the Order from Burgundy to the peripheries of medieval Europe, examining key topics such as convents, liturgy, art, agriculture, spiritual life and education, providing an insight into Bernard of Clairvaux's life, work and sense of self, as well as the lives of other key Cistercian figures. This Companion offers an accessible synthesis of contemporary scholarship on the Order's interaction with the extramural world and its participation in, and contribution to, the cultural, economical and political climate of medieval Europe and beyond. The discussion contributes to the history of religious orders, and will be useful to those studying the twelfth-century renaissance, the apostolic movement and the role of religious life in medieval society.

    • Offers a broad overview of an otherwise vast and complex topic for students of medieval religious life
    • Includes lists of source texts and research literature for further reading
    • Written by the principal specialists in the field who challenge dated scholarly paradigms
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    • Date Published: November 2012
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521171847
    • length: 336 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 151 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.54kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: withdrawal and engagement Mette Birkedal Bruun and Emilia Jamroziak
    Part I. History:
    1. Foundation and twelfth century Martha G. Newman
    2. The Cistercian Order, 1200–1600 Peter King
    3. The Cistercian Order since 1600 Michael Casey
    Part II. Structure and Materiality:
    4. Cistercian centres and peripheries Emilia Jamroziak
    5. The Cistercian community James France
    6. Cistercian constitutions and the General Chapter Brian Patrick McGuire
    7. Cistercian nuns Elizabeth Freeman
    8. Cistercian agriculture and economies Constance Hoffman Berman
    9. Cistercian art Diane J. Reilly
    10. Cistercian libraries and scriptoria David N. Bell
    11. Cistercian architecture or architecture of the Cistercians? Thomas Coomans
    Part III. Religious Mentality:
    12. Bernard of Clairvaux: his first and greatest miracle was himself Christopher Holdsworth
    13. Bernard of Clairvaux: work and self M. B. Pranger
    14. Early Cistercian writers E. Rozanne Elder
    15. The spiritual teaching of the early Cistercians Bernard McGinn
    16. Cistercians in dialogue: bringing the world into the monastery Wim Verbaal
    17. Cistercian preaching Beverly Mayne Kienzle
    18. Cistercian liturgy Nicolas Bell.

  • Editor

    Mette Birkedal Bruun, University of Copenhagen
    Mette Birkedal Bruun is Professor of Church History at the University of Copenhagen. She is the author of Parables: Bernard of Clairvaux's Mapping of Spiritual Topography (2007) and the co-editor of Negotiating Heritage: Memories of the Middle Ages (with Stephanie Glaser, 2008) and Commonplace Culture in Western Europe in the Early Modern Period I (with David Cowling, 2011).

    Contributors

    Mette Birkedal Bruun, Emilia Jamroziak, Martha G. Newman, Peter King, Michael Casey, James France, Brian Patrick McGuire, Elizabeth Freeman, Constance Hoffman Berman, Diane J. Reilly, David N. Bell, Thomas Coomans, Christopher Holdsworth, M. B. Pranger, E. Rozanne Elder, Bernard McGinn, Wim Verbaal, Beverly Mayne Kienzle, Nicolas Bell

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