Three Treatises From Bec on the Nature of Monastic Life by Giles ConstableThree Treatises From Bec on the Nature of Monastic Life by Giles Constable

Three Treatises From Bec on the Nature of Monastic Life

byGiles ConstableTranslated byBernard S. Smith

Hardcover | June 15, 2008

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The abbey of Bec was founded in the eleventh century and was one of the best-known and most influential monasteries in Normandy. Celebrated for its high standard of religious life and its intellectual activity, Bec also had an exceptional degree of institutional independence.

The three treatises collected and translated in this volume - Tractatus de professionibus monachorum ('The Profession of Monks'), De professionibus abbatum ('The Profession of Abbots'), and De libertate Beccensis monasterii ('On the Liberty of the Monastery of Bec') - are a striking statement of the position of Bec in relation to episcopal and ducal (later royal) authorities. Little is known about the anonymous author of these works except that he was a twelfth-century monk with an attachment to Augustine and Gregory the Great, and that he had considerable knowledge of canon law. His purpose in writing these treatises was to assert and justify the privileges of Bec at a time when many bishops were reacting against monastic freedom, especially with regard to profession.

This volume is an important contribution to understanding not only monasticism in Normandy, but also the conflict between church and state in the eleventh and twelfth centuries.

Giles ConstableGiles Constable is a professor emeritus of Medieval History at the School of Historical Studies, Institute for Advanced Learning, Princeton University.
Title:Three Treatises From Bec on the Nature of Monastic LifeFormat:HardcoverDimensions:208 pages, 9.25 × 6.19 × 0.69 inPublished:June 15, 2008Publisher:University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing DivisionLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0802092608

ISBN - 13:9780802092601

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Table of Contents



Tractatus de professionibus monachorum
The Professions of Monks

De professionibus abbatum
The Professions of Abbots

De libertate Beccensis monasterii
On the Liberty of the Monastery of Bec

Index of Citations
General Index