Negotiating the Landscape – Environment and Monastic Identity in the Medieval Ardennes

Autor Ellen F. Arnold
en Limba Engleză Hardback – 24 noi 2023
Ellen Arnold draws upon a rich archive of charters, property and tax records, correspondence, miracle collections and saints' lives to explore the ways in which interaction with the natural world affected the 'environmental imagination' and identity of the Benedictine monks of Stavelot-Malmedy in the medieval Ardennes.
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ISBN-13: 9780812244632
ISBN-10: 081224463X
Pagini: 312
Dimensiuni: 181 x 235 x 25 mm
Greutate: 0.61 kg
Editura: MT – University of Pennsylvania Press


"Ellen Arnold's study of two monasteries in the forest of the Ardennes pioneers a culture-based approach to the environmental history of medieval Europe. From what may appear sterile and intractable sources, she extracts the diverse conceptual frameworks within which the monks dealt with the natural world, and in doing so convincingly challenges any simple view of early medieval 'wilderness.' Medievalists and environmentalists will learn much from this book."-Richard C. Hoffmann, York University


Introduction: Approaching the Medieval Landscape 1 Chapter 1. Religious Roots: Foundation in the "Forest Wilderness" 31 Chapter 2. Controlling the Domesticated Landscape: Value, Ownership, and Religious Interpretations 62 Chapter 3. Fighting over Forests: Establishing Social and Religious Authority 110 Chapter 4. Creating Conflict: Forests in the Monastic Imagination 145 Chapter 5. The Religious Landscape and Monastic Identity 173 Epilogue: The Passio Agilolfi Revisited 213 Timeline 219 Handlist of Sources 223 Notes 227 Bibliography 271 Index 289 Acknowledgments 299