Discourses of Monastic Property and Poverty in 12th-Century Normandy: A Study of Orderic Vitalis, Robert of Torigni, and the Abbey of Le Bec

01 October 2023 → 30 September 2026
Regional and community funding: Special Research Fund
Research disciplines
  • Humanities
    • European history
    • Medieval history
    • History of ideas
    • History of religions, churches and theology
    • Study of Christianity
Medieval History Monasticism Normandy Property Poverty
Project description

This project aims to examine the fundamental changes in the Benedictines’ views on monastic property and poverty in twelfth-century Normandy. Whereas traditional research attributes these changes exclusively to Cistercian criticism, it will propose a more complex explanation based on the changing nature of episcopal authority, artisocratic politics, monastic networks, and the legal dimension of property.