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J. L. Smith
Water in Medieval Intellectual Culture
Case Studies from Twelfth-Century Monasticism

approx. 250 p., 156 x 234 mm, 2017
ISBN: 978-2-503-57233-8
Languages: English
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This study examines the significance and the deployment of fluid imagery in the composition, narration, and recollection of organised thought in the High Middle Ages through a blend of environmental and intellectual history.

This volume provides a new contribution to the understanding of twelfth-century monasticism and medieval intellectual culture by exploring the relationship between water and the composition of thought. It provides a fresh insight into twelfth-century monastic philosophies by studying the use of water as an abstract entity in medieval thought to frame and discuss topics such as spirituality, the natural order, knowledge visualization, and metaphysics in various high medieval texts, including Godfrey of Saint-Victor’s Fons Philosophiae, Peter of Celle’s letter corpus, and the Description of Clairvaux.

Through case studies of water in poetry, landscape narrative, and epistolary communication, this work traces the role of water as a uniquely medieval instrument of thought. Theoretical chapters of this book use water to explore the shaping of the medieval metaphor. Further case studies examine the differing and complex uses of water as a metaphor in various monastic texts. Focussing on the changeable power and material properties of water, this volume assesses the significance and deployment of environmental imagery in the composition, narration, and recollection of organized thought within the twelfth-century monastic community.

Table of Contents

Introduction — Twelfth-Century Fluid Models 

Chapter One — Interpreting Water as Complex Metaphor

Chapter Two — The Medieval Properties of Water Metaphor 

Chapter Three — “An Unpolluted Spring”: Godfrey of Saint-Victor’s Fons Philosophiae and the Riparian Liberal Arts 

Chapter Four — “Your pen poured forth good words”: Liquid Models in the Epistolary Style of Peter of Celle 

Chapter Five — “To Serve you as a Mirror”: Spiritual Topography and Monastic Waterscape in A Description of Clairvaux 

Conclusion — The Water Management of the Soul 

Bibliography 

Interest Classification:
Philosophy
Early Medieval Philosophy (c. 650-1200)
Scholastic Philosophy (c. 1200-1500)
Religion (including History of Religion) & Theology
Christian Theology & Theologians
Early Medieval (c. 650-1200)
Scholastic (c. 1200-1500)
Medieval & Renaissance History (c.400-1500)
Medieval European history (400-1500) : main subdisciplines
Cultural & intellectual history

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