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Monastic Reform as Process: Realities and Representations in Medieval Flanders, 900-1100

Steven Vanderputten


The history of monastic institutions in the Middle Ages may at first appear remarkably uniform and predictable. Medieval commentators and modern scholars have observed how monasteries of the tenth to early twelfth centuries experienced long periods of stasis alternating with bursts of rapid development known as reforms. Charismatic leaders by sheer force of will, and by assiduously recruiting the support of the ecclesiastical and lay elites, pushed monasticism forward toward reform, remediating the inevitable decline of discipline and government in these institutions. A lack of concrete inform ... More

Keywords: monastic institutions, Middle Ages, monasticism, monasteries, monastic reform, Flanders

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780801451713
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801451713.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Steven Vanderputten, author
Professor of Medieval History, Ghent University