Publication – Alison I. Beach, « The Trauma of Monastic Reform. Community and Conflict in Twelfth-Century Germany »

This book opens a window on the lived experience of monastic reform in the twelfth century. Drawing on a variety of textual and material sources from the south German monastery of Petershausen, it begins with the local process of reform and moves out into intertwined regional social, political, and ecclesiastical landscapes. Beach reveals how the shock of reform initiated decades of anxiety at Petershausen and raised doubts about the community’s communal identity, its shifting internal contours and boundaries, and its place within the broader spiritual and social landscapes of Constance and Swabia. The Trauma of Monastic Reform goes beyond reading monastic narratives of reform as retrospective expressions of support for the deeds and ideals of a past generation of reformers to explore the real human impact that the process could have, both on the individuals who comprised the target community and on those who lived for generations in its aftermath.

Alison I. Beach is Associate Professor of History at the Ohio State University, Columbus. She is the author of Women as Scribes: Book Production and Monastic Reform in Twelfth-Century Bavaria (Cambridge, 2004) and is also editor, with Isabelle Cochelin, of the forthcoming two-volume Cambridge History of Medieval Monasticism in the Latin West for the Cambridge New History Series.


Table des matières :

Prologue: Felix Mater Constantia
1. Raw cloth unto old garments: monastic reform as cultural trauma
2. Because they destroyed the beauty of my house: trauma in the core community
3. Rootstock of the living vines: the arrival of The Bearded Brothers
4. Women among the Apostles? The complexities of the double monastery
5. Cockle among the wheat: Petershausen as agent of reform
6. A whole kingdom laid waste: Petershausen and its patrons in a violent landscape
Appendix 1: a manuscript in a reformed landscape
Appendix 2: timeline of events.

Informations pratiques :

Alison I. Beach, The Trauma of Monastic Reform. Community and Conflict in Twelfth-Century Germany, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2017. ISBN :9781108417310, 200 pages, 235 x 158 x 18 mm, 13 b/w illus. 4 maps 4 tables. Prix : 75,00 £.

source : Cambridge University Press

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