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Author Thompson, Kathleen, 1951-

Title The monks of Tiron : a monastic community and religious reform in the twelfth century / Kathleen Thompson, Senior Honorary Research Fellow, Department of History, University of Sheffield
Published New York : Cambridge University Press, 2014


Description 1 online resource
Contents Cover; Half-title; Title page; Copyright information; Table of contents; List of figures and tables; Acknowledgements; List of abbreviations; Introduction; 1 Developing the Tiron narrative; The authority of the Vita Bernardi; The contribution of other sources; The messages of the Vita Bernardi; The Brevis descriptio: a new life?; 2 Uncovering Tiron's literary history; Manuscript tradition; Tiron's literary legacy; The construction of the Vita Bernardi; Writing the Vita Bernardi; Redating the Vita; 3 Documenting Tiron's success; The Tiron cartulary: the core source
The Tiron archive at Chartres: understanding the monks' records managementEnglish records: record-keeping at a distance; The Welsh archive: record-keeping in an independent community; The Scottish archive: records management at a great distance; Tiron in the Norman archives: insights on the monks' record-keeping after the twelfth century; 4 Abbot Bernard; Bernard before Tiron; Bernard in the diocese of Chartres; The hermit monks at Tiron; Recollecting Abbot Bernard; 5 The monastery at Tiron; Dealing with success; Choosing Abbot Bernard's successor; Creating a past and recording the present
A partnership with ChartresTiron under new leadership; Keeping order; Confirmation and change; 6 Mother and daughters; Tiron in the 1130s and 1140s; A decade of obscurity; The third generation and the unity of brotherhood; Tiron continues to create a past; Tiron finds its place; Epilogue: the thirteenth century; Conclusion; Appendix 1: the composition of the Vita beati Bernardi Tironensis -- a critical analysis; Appendix 2: Tironensian possessions; French possessions; Cross-Channel possessions; Bibliography; 1 Manuscript sources; France; Chartres; Le Mans; Tours; Paris; Rouen; Great Britain
Winchester2 Printed Primary Sources; Vita Bernardi Tironensis; Brevis descriptio in Vita beati Bernardi Tironensis abbatis; Other printed primary sources; 3 Secondary Works; Index
Summary This book offers the first comprehensive history of the order of Tiron. As a unique survey of the Tironensian experience it sheds new light on traditional assumptions of twelfth-century monastic history. Previous sketches have been shaped by the life of the founder, the Vita Bernardi, which depicts the forests of western France teeming with holy men, and that self-image of hermit preachers in the wilderness has been deeply influential in the historiography of twelfth-century reform. Drawing from the latest advances in the understanding of hagiography and institutional memory, Thompson reinterprets key sources to offer a valuable contribution to the history of monasticism. She outlines the rapid dissemination of the Tironensian approach in the first thirty years of its existence, its network of contacts with the lay elite and the impact on the Tironensians of the successes of the Cistercians and Mendicants
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Tironensians.
SUBJECT Tironensians. fast (OCoLC)fst01771927
Subject RELIGION -- Institutions & Organizations.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9781316072646