Monastic Growth and Change

Colin Morris

in The Papal Monarchy

Published in print July 1991 | ISBN: 9780198269250
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191600708 | DOI:

Series: Oxford History of the Christian Church

 Monastic Growth and Change

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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

Chapter.  9296 words. 

Subjects: History of Christianity

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