P. C. Adamo
New Monks in Old Habits
The Formation of the Caulite Monastic Order, 1193–1267
XVI+260 p., 150 x 230 mm, 2014
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The eleventh to the thirteenth centuries saw the growth of a number of movements seeking monastic reform. The Caulites, or Valliscaulians, named for the site of their first monastery in northwest Burgundy, were innovators in monastic practice. They expanded throughout a broad region in western Europe, and counted among their benefactors some of the most important noble families of their day. The order lasted almost six centuries, yet remains obscure in the historiography of medieval monasticism. It is time for this state of affairs to change.
"Professor Adamo has presented us with a carefully researched, clearly written study of the Caulites, which also provides opportunities for further research into the adaptations of existing monastic practices by new monastic ventures. His wide-ranging notes and the analysis of the Caulite records, in an appendix, are particularly helpful in this regard." (John B. Wickstrom, in The Medieval Review 15.12.03)