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Monasteries and Monastic Orders: 2000 Years of Christian Art and Culture
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0841603456, Hardcover)MONASTERIES AND MONASTIC ORDERS
2000 Years of Christian Art and Culture
This ambitious work traces the history of monasticism from its origins in late antiquity through its apex in the High Middle Ages and into the present. The book explores various religious orders and what makes them unique, and includes short biographies of famous abbots, abbesses, and monastic scholars. It contains a rich combination of history, culture, art and religion that will appeal to a broad spectrum of readers
* More than 700 gorgeous color illustrations bring the architecture, sculpture, and paintings to life.
* Color graphics, maps, and floor plans break down the overwhelming size of a monastery into something easy to handle.
* Special chapters devoted to everyday life in a cloister, medieval book illumination, monastic gardens, and more.
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How did the monks, nuns and hermits live? What rules did they agree to obey? To what extent were they able to uphold those ideals in reality? What was the relationship between the monasteries and wordly authorities? And what was the source of the power that the religious orders were able to exercise in political affairs at various times? Are the remarkable cultural accomplishments of the monasteries simply the fruits of great self-discipline, or did they also result from a privileged way of life? Who were the men and women who entered monasteries? The book covers the history of monasticism from its origins in late antiquity through its apex in the High Middle Ages and into the present.
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