Monasteries and Monastic Orders

Monasteries and Monastic Orders

2000 Years of Christian Art and Culture

Hardback432pp Illustrated330x245mm

9783848000630     Product Code: 505499


The history and culture of Europe have been shaped by monasticism, which has left a rich legacy of religious art and architecture. This magnificent volume charts the history of monasticism from late antiquity through its peak in the Middle Ages to the present day. Lavishly illustrated with colour photographs, paintings and illuminated manuscripts, the book describes the traditions, regulations and daily life of the different orders, profiles famous abbots and abbesses, and celebrates the continuing appeal of the contemplative life.