Water in medieval intellectual culture: case-studies from twelfth-century monasticism

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-cen...

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Published in:Cursor mundi
Subtitles:Water as medieval intellectual intity: case studies in twelfth-century Western monasticism
Main Author: Smith, James L.
Corporate Author: University of Western Australia (Degree granting institution)
Format: Electronic/Print Book
Language:English
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Published: Turnhout, Belgium Brepols [2017]
In:Cursor mundi
Series/Journal:Cursor mundi volume 30
Standardized Subjects / Keyword chains:B Water / Philosophy / Literature / Culture / Monasticism / History 1100-1200
Further subjects:B Water
B Water Religious aspects Christianity
B Monastic and religious life Middle Ages
B Literature, Medieval History and criticism Europe
B Monks' writings
B Water in literature
B Literature, Medieval
B Monastic and religious life
B Thesis
B Water spirits in literature
B Monks' writings History and criticism
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Summary: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'
Item Description:Includes bibliographical references (pages 187-204) and index
Überarbeitete Fassung der Dissertation des Verfassers, erschienen unter dem Titel: Water as medieval intellectual intity: case studies in twelfth-century Western monasticism
ISBN:2503572332
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.1484/M.CURSOR-EB.5.112274