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Angelic Monks and Earthly Men - Monasticism and its Meaning to Medieval Society

Angelic Monks and Earthly Men - Monasticism and its Meaning to Medieval Society
"Angelic Monks and Earthly Men: Monasticism and Its Meaning to Medieval Society".
Our Price: £19.99
ISBN/EAN: 9780851157375
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Pub. Date: April 22 1999
Author: MILLS, LUDO
Format: Paperback
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Monasticism is often seen as a central driving force of the medieval world - 'a specific spiritual ideal and aim of perfection implemented as a lifestyle' - which had a considerable impact on society as a whole. This challenging book reexamines this view, looking at how monastic ideals and practices interacted with the world outside the monastery walls. Professor Milis believes that, because monastic records predominate, there is a serious risk that the monks' role may have been overemphasised. From this base he sets out to examine what effest monasticism really had on ordinary people, and argues that because monasticism denied the intrinsic value of earthly life, instead placing emphasis on the transcendtal afterlife, it was almost as ineffective as a force for social change. LUDO J.R. MILIS is Professor of Cultural and Religious History of the Middle Ages at the University of Ghent.
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