This volume will not only be recognized as essential reading in the field but will also deservedly attain the status of a true classic" Reviews "This is an important and long overdue study of the fascinating, complex field of Byzantine monasticism.It includes chapters on male monastic communities (mostly cenobitic, but some idiorrhythmic in late Byzantium), nuns and nunneries, hermits and holy mountains, and a final chapter on alternative forms of monasticism, including recluses, stylites, wandering monks, holy fools, nuns disguised as monks, and unaffiliated monks and nuns. Richly detailed and engagingly written, this groundbreaking study of the various forms of middle and late Byzantine monasticism includes a comparison with medieval Western monasticism and an unparalleled study of female monastic life in the Byzantine world. Entfachte Glut / Der Fluch der Unsterblichen Bd.1 The most original sections include an in-depth analysis of the challenges facing hermits in the wilderness, and special attention to enclosed monks (recluses) and urban monks and nuns who lived independently outside of monastic complexes.There was considerable flexibility and fluidity in monastic careers, and the same monk could follow several different regimens over the course of his life.
In Varieties of Monastic Experience in Byzantium, 800-1453, Alice-Mary Talbot distills her vast knowledge of the subject into a series of lucid, informative, and meticulously researched essays.It includes chapters on male monastic communities (mostly cenobitic, but some idiorrhythmic in late Byzantium), nuns and nunneries, hermits and holy mountains, and a final chapter on alternative forms of monasticism, including recluses, stylites, wandering monks, holy fools, nuns disguised as monks, and unaffiliated monks and nuns. These different modes of monastic life had only a few features in common: the taking of vows, renunciation of the secular world, celibacy, and a life of prayer and recitation of the Psalter. Fragmente eines Tabus Even the monastic habit was worn primarily by residents of monasteries, while hermits were most likely to be garbed in tattered garments made of goat hair or animal skins.Her emphasis on the rich variety of Byzantine monastic experience challenges the traditional binary of community and solitary and paints a compelling image of the extraordinary wealth of opportunities available in the Byzantine world for men, women, and eunuchs to pursue their religious calling.