Identifying monks in early medieval Britain and Ireland: a reflection on legal and economic aspects

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Title: Identifying monks in early medieval Britain and Ireland: a reflection on legal and economic aspects
Authors: Flechner, Roy
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/8703
Date: 6-Apr-2016
Abstract: The mundane existence of those labouring for the monastic commu- nity or provisioning it from their own plots of land is usually glossed over in narrative sources whose interests lie rather in the more edifying stories of monks praying, learning, instructing the laity and preaching the word of God. At best, narrative texts would mention peasant dependants incidentally, although we may also catch occasional glimpses of them in charters or normative sources, such as royal legislation, synodal acta, or works of ecclesiastical jurisprudence. But whichever sources we use, it is not always possible to tell apart peasant dependants from monks in the strict sense because the terminology is often ambiguous.
Type of material: Conference Publication
Publisher: CISAM
Keywords: Mediaeval society;Monks;Peasants;Historical records
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Is part of: Atti delle Settimane di studio CISAM, Volume 64
Conference Details: LXIV Settimana di studio of the Centro italiano di Studi sull'alto medioevo: Monachesimi d'Oriente e d'Occidente nell'alto medioevo, Spoleto, Italy, 31 March-6 April 2016
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