978-1-58768-018-2 / 9781587680182

The Age of the Cloister: The Story of Monastic Life in the Middle Ages


Publisher:Paulist Press



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About the book:

The birth and flowering of monastic life and its impact on seekers today

This comprehensive study of medieval monasteries offers a fascinating history of everyday monastic life and the literature, society, economy and culture of the Middle Ages. Brooke's sweeping narrative offers a compelling look at monastic life for today's spiritual seekers and is well suited as a travel companion to many European destinations.

This meticulously researched book offers:

* everyday monastic life in exquisite detail, from the food served to the timing of prayers, to the interdependence between the monasteries and the local populace. *special attention to the 12th-century renaissance, a time of revitalizing ideas, when every village in Western Europe was within a day's pilgrimage of an abbey, monastery, or convent. * an exploration of the extraordinary movement of the human spirit at its peak, through its manuscripts, art, sculpture, and architecture. * the importance of the monastic world, its ideas and ideals, to the rise of Western civilization.

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