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Monks and Laymen in Byzantium 843-1118

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Published in 1995 by Cambridge University Press.

Using hagiography, chronicles and, in particular, the archives of the Athonite monasteries, this book reassesses the role of monks in Byzantine society and examines the reasons for the flowering of the monastic life in the period from the end of iconoclasm to the beginning of the twelfth century.

In Byzantium monks did not form a separate caste, apart from society. They were not only loyal to their own houses or monastic leaders, but also formed part of a nexus of social, economic and spiritual relationships which bound together the 'powerful' in the middle Byzantine state. Their monasticism, unlike the Western religious 'orders', displayed a highly individualistic streak. Using hagiography, chronicles and, in particular, the archives of the Athonite monasteries, this book reassesses the role of monks in Byzantine society and examines the reasons for the flowering of the monastic life in the period from the end of iconoclasm to the beginning of the twelfth century. The first study of its kind in English, it is aimed at anyone interested in either the Western or the Byzantine early medieval religious life.

This book is in very good (almost 'as new') condition throughout.

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Author(s):
Rosemary Morris
Condition:
Used: very good
Dimensions:
23 x 15 cm
Edition:
1995
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
0521319501
ISBN-13:
9780521319508
Number of pages:
340
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Title:
Monks and laymen in Byzantium 843-1118

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Published in 1995 by Cambridge University Press.

Using hagiography, chronicles and, in particular, the archives of the Athonite monasteries, this book reassesses the role of monks in Byzantine society and examines the reasons for the flowering of the monastic life in the period from the end of iconoclasm to the beginning of the twelfth century.

In Byzantium monks did not form a separate caste, apart from society. They were not only loyal to their own houses or monastic leaders, but also formed part of a nexus of social, economic and spiritual relationships which bound together the 'powerful' in the middle Byzantine state. Their monasticism, unlike the Western religious 'orders', displayed a highly individualistic streak. Using hagiography, chronicles and, in particular, the archives of the Athonite monasteries, this book reassesses the role of monks in Byzantine society and examines the reasons for the flowering of the monastic life in the period from the end of iconoclasm to the beginning of the twelfth century. The first study of its kind in English, it is aimed at anyone interested in either the Western or the Byzantine early medieval religious life.

This book is in very good (almost 'as new') condition throughout.

Author(s):
Rosemary Morris
Condition:
Used: very good
Dimensions:
23 x 15 cm
Edition:
1995
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
0521319501
ISBN-13:
9780521319508
Number of pages:
340
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Title:
Monks and laymen in Byzantium 843-1118

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