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Imagining Religious Leadership in the Middle Ages: Richard of Saint-Vanne and the Politics of Reform

Steven Vanderputten


Around the turn of the first millennium AD, there emerged in the former Carolingian Empire a generation of abbots that came to be remembered as one of the most influential in the history of Western monasticism. This book re-evaluates the historical significance of this generation of monastic leaders through an in-depth study of one of its most prominent figures, Richard of Saint-Vanne. During his lifetime, Richard (d. 1046) served as abbot of numerous monasteries, which gained him a reputation as a highly successful administrator and reformer of monastic discipline. As the book shows, however, ... More

Keywords: Carolingian Empire, abbots, Western monasticism, Richard of Saint-Vanne, monastic discipline, monastic reformer, spirituality, monastery, religious leadership

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780801453779
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801453779.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Steven Vanderputten, author
Professor of Medieval History, Ghent University