By Yaniv Fox
This learn is the 1st to try a radical research of the actions of the Columbanian congregation, which performed an important function within the improvement of Western monasticism. This used to be a brand new kind of rural monasticism, which ideal the desires and aspirations of a Christian elite desirous to exhibit its energy and status in spiritual phrases. opposite to past stories, which seen Columbanus and his disciples basically as spiritual innovators, this ebook makes a speciality of the political, monetary, and familial implications of monastic patronage and at the advantages elite buyers stood to harvest. whereas founding households have been in a privileged place to courtroom royal favour, monastic patronage additionally uncovered them to violent reprisals from competing factions. Columbanian monasteries weren't serene havens of contemplation, yet really energetic foci of energy and wealth, and fast grew to become critical parts of early medieval statecraft.
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Moreover, it is striking that one of the monks who took part in this embassy was Agilus, later the ﬁrst abbot of Audoin’s Rebais, and a man whose familial background made him an ideal candidate to head an eﬀort in Bavaria. 55 Dagobert did not limit himself to houses founded by Columbanus or his disciples, as may be immediately garnered by an examination of his monastic endowments. 56 Another such beneﬁciary was Sigeramnus (d. c. 657), who received land for the foundation of Millebeccus and Longoretus in 632.
Power and Religion in Merovingian Gaul: Columbanian Monasticism and the Frankish Elites by Yaniv Fox