By Julie Kerr
Hospitality was once a vital part of medieval monastic lifestyles. In receiving visitors the priests have been following Christ's injunction and adhering to the rule of thumb of St Benedict, in addition to taking up an incredible function inside of society and offering a useful provider for fellow spiritual. This e-book attracts on quite a lot of assets to discover the perform and notion of monastic hospitality in England c. 1070-c. 1250, a big and illuminating time in a eu and an Anglo-Norman context; it examines the non secular and worldly issues compelling monasteries to workout hospitality, along the executive, monetary and different implications of receiving and taking good care of visitors. research makes a speciality of the nice Benedictine homes of Southern England (Abingdon, Bury St Edmunds, Canterbury, interpreting, St Albans) for which a considerable and various physique of fabric survives, yet they're set within the context of different homes and different orders (chiefly the Cistercians) to teach the broader photograph in either England and Europe.
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40 35 36 37 38 39 40 Vita Wulfstani, p. 58; Howden, Chronicle 1, p. 229. This was just after Becket’s flight from Northampton. Materials for Becket 4, p. 52, trans. The Lives of Thomas Becket, selected, trans. and annotated M. Staunton (Manchester, 2001), p. 116. Walter Map, De Nugis, p. 142; William of Malmesbury, Historia Novella, ed. E. King, trans. K. R. Potter, OMT (Oxford, 1998), bk 1: 17 (p. 32). John of Salisbury criticised the Roman prelates who rarely, if ever, invited a poor man to dine; when they did, ‘it is their vainglory which brings him thither, rather than the spirit of Christ’, Policraticus, ed.
2–152 (p. 39). Financial repercussions are discussed further in chapter 6. Grievances formerly stated by Grosseteste in the ‘Annales of Burton’, see Annales Monnastici 1, p. 424. what prompted monastic hospitality? 30 The significance of the Maundy If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you. 31 The arrangements for the daily Maundy are set out in the tenth-century Anglo-Saxon monastic customary, the Regularis Concordia.
L. Brooke, 2 vols, OMT (Oxford, 1979), 2, ep. 260, pp. 524–8 (p. 526). Rule of St Benedict, ch. 53 (p. 134). Orderic 2, pp. 296–7; Idung, Dialogue, II: 20 (pp. 73–4). Ralph of Diceto, Opera Historica, ed. W. Stubbs, 2 vols, RS 86 (London, 1876), 1, pp. 334–5 (p. 334). Two Chartularies of Abingdon 2, C5, Chatsworth (p. 7). what prompted monastic hospitality? 20 Gilbert of Sempringham (d. 21 The importance of welcoming the poor as guests was influenced also by Biblical passages. 22 Christ’s association with the poor made it more important – and perhaps more appealing – to extend a personal welcome to them.