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The Papal MonarchyThe Western Church from 1050 to 1250$
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Colin Morris

Print publication date: 1991

Print ISBN-13: 9780198269250

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198269250.001.0001

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Monastic Growth and Change

Monastic Growth and Change

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(p.57) 3 Monastic Growth and Change
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The Papal Monarchy
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Colin Morris

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0198269250.003.0004

The century after 1050 has been called ‘the monastic crisis’, but a crisis, which lasts for a century appears to be a misnomer. It was a time of monastic growth and change: the number of monks increased rapidly, and the great abbey of Cluny acquired new houses throughout France and in neighbouring countries. There were numerous experiments at living the life of hermits, and regular canons were founded to live a new form of the communal life.

Keywords:   apostolic life, Cluny, hermits, monastic crisis, regular canons, Rule of Aix

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