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This introduction provides a short description of the emergence of the Reformed Orders in the early twelfth century, the background of the publication and a summary of the twelve articles included in the volume. A review of the historiography concerning both Orders points to a renewal of knowledge in the fields involved due to a reconsideration of sources and of progress in archaeology dating techniques. Attention is then drawn to the main themes discussed: borders or frontiers as spaces for religious foundations; filiation between hermitages and abbeys; episcopal acceptance vs rejection of the Reformed Orders; the ‘desert’ vs ‘central places’ as a choice for religious settlements; interregionalism vs regionalism. The collection sets out to open new perspectives through a decompartmentalization of monastic studies and the inclusion of border areas - Brittany, Scandinavia and Wales in particular. Its aim is to encourage a questioning of prevalent myths concerning the history of monasteries and of religious orders in Western Europe in the Middle Ages.
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Julien Bachelier, Claude Lucette Evans. Introduction. Nottingham Medieval Studies, 65 (Special Issue), pp.19-40, 2021, Cistercians and Regular Canons in Medieval Western Europe. ⟨hal-04034363⟩
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