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The moral and physical enclosure of monks and nuns is central to the founding documents of Western monasticism. But even there it encountered the need for monasteries to interact with their societies, through recruits, hospitality, and the monastic economy. The increasing intensity of this tension is traced through key reforming texts, until later English visitations open up religious houses to closer scrutiny, ironically aided by inmates’ quandary over whether to conceal or reveal their secrets.
Title
The Monastic Enclosure
Author(s)
Benjamin Thompson
Identifier
Description
The moral and physical enclosure of monks and nuns is central to the founding documents of Western monasticism. But even there it encountered the need for monasteries to interact with their societies, through recruits, hospitality, and the monastic economy. The increasing intensity of this tension is traced through key reforming texts, until later English visitations open up religious houses to closer scrutiny, ironically aided by inmates’ quandary over whether to conceal or reveal their secrets.
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Place
Berlin
Publisher
ICI Berlin Press
Date
19 April 2022
Subject
monasticism
enclosure
Benedictines
Cistercians
visitation
Benedict XII
reform
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Language
en-GB
page start
249
page end
269
Source
Openness in Medieval Europe, ed. by Manuele Gragnolati and Almut Suerbaum, Cultural Inquiry, 23 (Berlin: ICI Berlin Press, 2022), pp. 249–69
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