Aristocrats, Asceticism, and Reformation in Fifth-Century Gaul
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Publisher: Oxford University Press
Number of Pages: 310
Width: 14.5 cm
Height: 22.2 cm
Richard J. Goodrich examines the attempt by the fifth-century ascetic writer John Cassian to influence and shape the development of Western monasticism. Goodrich's close analysis of Cassian's earliest work (The Institutes) focuses on his interaction with the values and preconceptions of a traditional Roman elite, as well as his engagement with contemporary writers. By placing The Institutes in context, Goodrich demonstrates just how revolutionary this foundational work was for its time and milieu.
an excellent example of how careful attention to historical context can shed new light on an unglamorous text. I hope it receives the wide audience it deserves. Michael Stuart Williams. The Journal of Theological Studies There is much to recommend in this well-written, thoughtful and clearly structured study. Winrich Lohr, Ecclesiastical History