Libellus de Diversis Ordinibus et Professionibus qui Sunt in Aecclesia

Hardcover | March 1, 2003

EditorGiles Constable, Bernard S. Smith, B Smith

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The Libellus de Diversis Ordinibus was written in the 1130s or 1140s, probably in the diocese of Liege, a recognized centre of religious and intellectual activity at the time. It is a description of the similarities and differences among the various orders of monks, canons, and hermits, and,though clearly a contribution to a contemporary debate, is more analytical than polemical. Its unknown author, 'R', perhaps a regular canon, builds his case by demonstrating how each order and profession corresponds to a group mentioned in the Old Testament: thus prefigured and performing theirproper functions they all fill a legitimate place within the unity of the Church. It is an invaluable source for religious life in the twelfth century, offering detailed insights into contemporary assumptions and practice.

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The Libellus de Diversis Ordinibus was written in the 1130s or 1140s, probably in the diocese of Liege, a recognized centre of religious and intellectual activity at the time. It is a description of the similarities and differences among the various orders of monks, canons, and hermits, and,though clearly a contribution to a contempor...

Giles Constable is at the School of Historical Studies, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton. Bernard S. Smith is a former Professor of History, Swarthmore College.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:140 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.55 inPublished:March 1, 2003Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198222181

ISBN - 13:9780198222187

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