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Men in the Middle: Local Priests in Early Medieval Europe by Steffen Patzold,Carine van van Rhijn

By Steffen Patzold,Carine van van Rhijn

This quantity reports neighborhood monks as crucial gamers in small groups of early medieval Europe. As clerics dwelling one of the laity, monks performed a double function inside of their groups: that of neighborhood representatives of the Church and non secular specialists, and that of homeowners of land and different items. by means of advantage in their club of either the ecclesiastical and the secular international, they are often regarded as ‘men within the middle’: those who introduced politico-religious rules and beliefs to secular groups, and who associated the neighborhood to the supra-local through networks of landownerhsip.
This ebook addresses either roles that neighborhood clergymen performed through impending them through their manuscripts, and through the charters that list transactions during which they have been concerned. Manuscripts as soon as owned via neighborhood monks endure witness to their schooling and services, but in addition point out how, for example, beliefs of the Carolingian reforms reached the bottom degrees of early medieval society. The case-studies of collections of charters, however, exhibit clergymen as energetic contributors of networks of the in the community robust in various ecu areas. even though many neighborhood diversifications, the contributions to this quantity exhibit that neighborhood monks as ‘men within the heart’ are a phenomenon shared by means of the early medieval international as a whole.

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