The Hermits of Medieval Italy: An Otherworldly Elite (XI-XIII centuries)

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Abstract

The model of Christian ascesis developed by the hermitic elites of the 11th century was more successful. Isolated or in small groups, they continued to repurpose that ascetic model even outside defined institutional contexts, and they obtained the consensus of their faithful – who admired the rigour of their practices of piety to such an extent that, as André Vauchez has observed, extreme ascesis came to be considered the essential characteristic of Christian sanctity throughout the early Middle Ages.
Lingua originaleEnglish
Titolo della pubblicazione ospiteVirtuosos of Faith Monks, Nuns, Canons, and Friars as Elites of Medieval Culture
EditorJames Mixson, Gert Melville
Pagine63-73
Numero di pagine11
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2020

Keywords

  • Medieval monasticism
  • elites theory
  • monachesimo medievale
  • teoria delle élites

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