By Julie Kerr
Hospitality was once a vital part of medieval monastic existence. In receiving site visitors the priests have been following Christ's injunction and adhering to the guideline of St Benedict, in addition to taking over a massive position inside of society and offering a useful provider for fellow spiritual. This booklet attracts on a variety of resources to discover the perform and notion of monastic hospitality in England c. 1070-c. 1250, a big and illuminating time in a eu and an Anglo-Norman context; it examines the religious and worldly matters compelling monasteries to workout hospitality, along the executive, monetary and different implications of receiving and taking good care of visitors. research specializes in the nice Benedictine homes of Southern England (Abingdon, Bury St Edmunds, Canterbury, analyzing, St Albans) for which a considerable and various physique of fabric survives, yet they're set within the context of alternative homes and different orders (chiefly the Cistercians) to teach the broader photo in either England and Europe.
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