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‘To Love and Be Loved:’ The Medieval Monastic Community as Family, 400-1300

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dc.contributor.advisor Murray, Jacqueline Mallon, Jack 2015-02-10T17:02:06Z 2015-02-10T17:02:06Z 2015-01 2015-02-04 2015-02-10
dc.description.abstract This thesis expands how the medieval monastic family can be understood to parallel the traditional nuclear family founded upon the heterosexual union of husband and wife for the purpose of procreation. From the fourth to thirteenth centuries, monastic communities functioned as same-sex family units because they both differentiated from the larger associations of kin and community, and contained human relations that were very different from those outside the monastery. Medieval monasteries were composed of three generations of monks that fulfilled the familial and affective roles of fathers, brothers, and children. The monastic family incorporated components of the Roman and Hebraic families, but also created emotional bonds and affective experiences that are not mirrored by the medieval secular family. Monks were able to adopt fluid and reflexive affective roles that, according to the twelfth-century abbot, Bernard of Clairveaux, permitted a monk to be “both a mother and a father, both a brother and a sister.” en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject monasticism en_US
dc.subject monks en_US
dc.subject religion en_US
dc.subject Middle Ages en_US
dc.subject medieval en_US
dc.title ‘To Love and Be Loved:’ The Medieval Monastic Community as Family, 400-1300 en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US History en_US Master of Arts en_US Department of History en_US
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