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The Cistercians In The Middle Ages (Monastic Orders)

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The Cistercians (White Monks) were the most successful monastic experiment to emerge from the tumultuous intellectual and religious fervour of the eleventh and twelfth centuries. By around 1150 they had established houses the length and breadth of Western Christendom and were internationally renowned. They sought to return to a simple form of monastic life, as set down in ...more
Hardcover, 244 pages
Published August 16th 2011 by Boydell Press
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William Nist
Burton's book is the clearest introduction to the foundation of the Cistercian Order that I have encountered. It focuses on the 12th and 13th century, and describes the original Benedictine Schism that induced the flee to Citeaux; the spread of the order, the early leaders of the order, and the daily life, economic foundations, status of conversi, etc.

All of this is a friendly, easy to read style.

For those interested in the history of religion, and especially RC religious orders, this work is
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Professor of Medieval History at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David.
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