A swarm from the Blessed hive: The social networks of the Jura monasteries

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This article sets out to examine the social context within which the monastic communities depicted in the Vita patrum Iurensium, an early sixth-century hagiographical composition, were founded and functioned. The establishment of at least three communities - Condat, Lauconne, and La Balme - took place against the backdrop of a rapidly changing political and social landscape. As Roman power receded and eventually disappeared, the Gallic countryside responded by profoundly restructuring itself. Having differed in their location and in the makeup of their population from earlier establishments such as Lérins and Marmoûtiers, the Jura communities reacted to these changes by developing a unique monastic regimen. The Vita patrum Iurensium allows us to retrace the novel and experimental approach taken by these communities, which allowed them to emerge as foci of authority, providing patronage and organizing labor on a regional scale
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)252-280
Number of pages29
JournalRevue Benedictine
Volume128
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2018

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1. Gregory of Tours, Liber vitae patrum, c.2, p. 215: ‘… in quo felicis alvearis examen instituerunt’. Latin text and translation taken from Gregory of Tours, Life of the Fathers, in Lives and Miracles: Gregory of Tours, ed. and trans. G. de Nie, Dumbarton Oaks Medieval Library (Cambridge, Mass. and London, 2015), pp. 10-11 [hereafter, Gregory of Tours, Life of the Fathers]. This article is supported by the I-CORE program of the Planning and Budgeting Committee of the Israeli Committee for Higher Education and the Israel Science Foundation (ISF) Grant no. 1754. I would like to thank Yitzhak Hen and Laury Sarti for their invaluable comments and suggestions. All remaining errors are my own.

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1. Gregory of Tours, Liber vitae patrum, c.2, p. 215: ‘… in quo felicis alvearis examen instituerunt’. Latin text and translation taken from Gregory of Tours, Life of the Fathers, in Lives and Miracles: Gregory of Tours, ed. and trans. G. de Nie, Dumbarton Oaks Medieval Library (Cambridge, Mass. and London, 2015), pp. 10-11 [hereafter, Gregory of Tours, Life of the Fathers]. This article is supported by the I-CORE program of the Planning and Budgeting Committee of the Israeli Committee for Higher Education and the Israel Science Foundation (ISF) Grant no. 1754. I would like to thank Yitzhak Hen and Laury Sarti for their invaluable comments and suggestions. All remaining errors are my own.

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Israeli Committee for Higher Education
Israel Science Foundation1754
Israeli Centers for Research Excellence

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