From Dead of Night to End of Day: The Medieval Customs of Cluny (Disciplina Monastica, Book 3)

October 31, 2020
From Dead of Night to End of Day: The Medieval Customs of Cluny (Disciplina Monastica, Book 3)

At the heart of the various articles in this book are fourcustomaries, compiled over the course of nearly a hundred yearsbeginning at the end of the tenth century, that describe daily lifeand liturgy at the abbey of Cluny. Two principal objectivesmotivated the creation of the present volume of essays : first, tobring out the unequaled richness of these monastic customaries forscholars, primarily medievalists in all disciplines; and second, tofacilitate the use of these sources, which can be challenging atfirst sight. Drawing upon the multiple disciplines needed toaccount for the full range of information presented by thecustomaries, the editors have brought together varied andcomplementary approaches to these multifaceted documents. Among theprincipal themes common to the studies in this volume are thegenesis and transmission of the customaries, the relationshipbetween texts and practice, and the evidence they offer for thefunction of monastic spaces as well as for the ritualization ofcommunal life.