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Monks and Laymen in Byzantium, 843-1118 (Paperback)
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Monks and Laymen in Byzantium, 843-1118 (Paperback)

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Paperback 356 Pages / Published: 13/11/2003
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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.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521319508
Number of pages: 356
Weight: 520 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 20 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'... excellent ... there is no comparable book in English about Byzantine monastic life and its importance in the imperial, social and economic fabric of society.' Donald Nicol, Anglo-Hellenic Review
"Morris has produced a study that is impressive in its scholarship, and argumentation, and in the flow of its presentation." Steven Fanning, The Historian
"Morris has produced a study that is impressive in its scholarship and argumentation and in the flow of its presentation." Steven Fanning, The Historian
"This book is a pioneering work on the life of the monk in the middle Byzantine period." Charles A. Frazee, American Historical Review
"...an impressive range of source materials....should be of vital interest to anyone studying the history of monasticism." Religious Studies Review

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