Emotional Monasticism: Affective Piety in the Eleventh-Century Monastery of John of FeCamp - Artes Liberales (Paperback)Lauren Mancia (author)
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Publisher: Manchester University Press
Number of pages: 288
Dimensions: 216 x 138 mm
Barbara H. Rosenwein, Professor Emerita, Loyola University Chicago
'Emotional monasticism is a ground-breaking work of revisionist history that promises to have a profound influence on the study of Christian devotion in the Middle Ages. Scholars have tended to locate the devotional disposition that we call "affective piety" in movements of mendicant, lay and female spirituality of the later Middle Ages. In this lucid and well-argued book, Lauren Mancia convincingly makes the case that affective piety was already at play in the eleventh century in male Benedictine communities, particularly at the abbey of Fecamp in Normandy, where Abbot John fostered a devotional culture in his community with the aim of the emotional reform of his sinful brethren. Central to the reform was John's lifework, a treatise known as the Confessio theologica. In her study, Mancia delineates with great skill the devotional program of John's emotional reform through an analysis of his Confessio theologica, the influence of a specifically Benedictine culture on its formation, with special attention to John's career and use of manuscripts, the implementation of his reforming agenda at Fecamp, the cultivation of these devotional principles by abbots active in the world and the legacy of the Confessio theologica beyond the monastic milieu of the eleventh century. This book will be of great interest not only to historians of medieval monasticism, but also to a much broader audience of readers interested in the history of premodern emotions and Christian piety.'
Scott G. Bruce, Professor of Medieval History, Fordham University
'Mancia gives us a perfect example of the contribution that can be made by the history of emotions and the necessity of exploring this approach, since in seeking to better understand the emotions of the past, not only do historians gain access to new knowledge, they can also question received ideas, as this study does in the area of affective devotion in monasticism. [...] A pleasure to read from start to finish.'
Les emotions au Moyen Age, carnet d'EMMA
'The eleventh century and its monastic forms of affectivity are given much-needed recognition. Lauren Mancia has succeeded in giving John the place he deserves in the history of medieval spirituality. She has made him visible and contributed to our understanding of medieval culture.'
The Medieval Review
'With this book Mancia has enriched our understanding and narrative of matters we too casually identify as 'twelfth-century' phenomena...hers is an ingenious effort to weave together matters of the heart and a reignited interior with the realities of monasteries in the fraught world of power and property in eleventh-century Normandy.'
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