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Medieval Beginnings Monks, Muslims…and Martyrs?   “the dark ages”? • The medieval period (600-1450 AD) is often labeled ‘the dark ages’. • Careful—this label came from the period immediately following it, from Christians who disliked medieval thinking. • Medieval Christianity was diverse in both theology and popular devotions. • Several different problems—internal and external—confronted Christians and the Church.  
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RLS 122 Fall 2005 Medieval Beginnings 2 Christianity’s Monastic Tradition Monasticism arose prior to Constantine’s conversion, but became very popular afterwards; it offered a new path to heroic witness (since persecution no longer existed). Self-denial and austerities instead of persecution; CELIBACY as foremost example of self-sacrifice. Anchorite monasticism—single (usually male) monk in the desert. Cenobitic monasticism—a community of monks governed by a “Rule” (document outlining duties) Rule of St. Benedict (6
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