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Reading Notes Nov 13 ahis220 fall07

Reading Notes Nov 13 ahis220 fall07 - READING November 13...

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READING November 13: Benedictine vs Cistercian monasticism and architecture Early Medieval Architecture p 168-171, 176-177; by Stalley * “the most magnificent of al Benedictine monasteries was the great abbey of Cluny, founded in southern Burgundy in 909” * Cluny developed its own version of the Benedictine rule-- liturgy and communal worship took precedence over every other aspect of monastic life-- more offices, more complex chants, elaborate daily rituals (could be up to 10 hrs/day)-- concept was that of vita angelica , a perfect life of almost continuous praise * during 10 th and 11 th centuries, the “splendour of Clunica observance made such a deep impression… that the abbey was called on to reform other monastic houses” built “empire” of dpendent monasteries and priories * monastic values expressed in architecture, particularly in the great church Cluny III (1088- 1130)-- by this time abbey was rich-- description of architecture on p 169, 2 nd paragraph * practical reason for cluny iii being really big-- space for the growing community * acc to Stalley, the building’s sheer scale, along with architectural detail, was inteneded to proclaim the status of Cluny within the Christian world
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