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The Sleep of BehemothDisputing Peace and Violence in Medieval Europe, 1000-1200$
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Jehangir Yezdi Malegam

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780801451324

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801451324.001.0001

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Disciplining Behemoth

Disciplining Behemoth

Provisions for Secular Peace

(p.264) Chapter 8 Disciplining Behemoth
The Sleep of Behemoth

Jehangir Yezdi Malegam

Cornell University Press

This chapter describes the intellectual and political changes that shaped twelfth-century canon lawyer and bishop Rufinus of Sorrento’s systemization of peace. Rufinus’s treatise De bono pacis (“On the Goodness of Peace”) winds up a century of clerical experimentation with turbulent and repressive modes of peacemaking designed to liberate Christians from unseen violence and introduce them to true peace. While essentially denying that peace could be perfected on earth, Rufinus voiced clerical willingness to make peace with the present world, not the one hereafter. Christians could enjoy this peace without feeling that they had settled for a counterfeit or submitted to an unjust captivity.

Keywords:   Rufinus of Sorrento, De bono pacis, On the Goodness of Peace, clerical experimentation, true peace

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