Companion to the Abbey of Le Bec in the Central Middle Ages (11th–13th Centuries) offers the first major collection of studies dedicated to the medieval abbey of Le Bec, one of the most important, and perhaps the single most influential, monastery in the Anglo-Norman world. Following its foundation in 1034 by a knight-turned-hermit called Herluin, Le Bec soon developed into a religious, cultural and intellectual hub whose influence extended throughout Normandy and beyond. The fourteen chapters gathered in this
Companion are written by internationally renowned experts of Anglo-Norman studies, and together they address the history of this important medieval institution in its many exciting facets. The broad range of scholarly perspectives combined in this volume includes historical and religious studies, prosopography and biography, palaeography and codicology, studies of space and identity, as well as theology and medicine.
Contributors are Richard Allen, Elma Brenner, Laura Cleaver, Jean-Hervé Foulon, Giles E.M. Gasper, Laura L. Gathagan, Véronique Gazeau, Leonie V. Hicks, Elizabeth Kuhl, Benjamin Pohl, Julie Potter, Elisabeth van Houts, Steven Vanderputten, Sally N. Vaughn, and Jenny Weston.
Benjamin Pohl, Ph.D, is Lecturer in Medieval History at the University of Bristol. He has published widely on Anglo-Norman history, manuscript studies, monastic culture, and cultural memory, including his monograph
Dudo of Saint-Quentin’s Historia Normannorum: Tradition, Innovation and Memory (2015).
Laura L. Gathagan, Ph.D, is Associate Professor of History at SUNY Cortland. She is editor of the
Haskins Society Journal and publishes on Anglo-Norman queenship, female lordship, and gender, including her recent chapter in
Virtuous or Villainess? The Image of the Royal Mother from the Early Medieval to the Early Modern Era (2016).
Table of contents
Acknowledgements List of Illustrations List of Abbreviations List of Contributors
Introduction Laura Gathagan and Benjamin Pohl
The Foundation and Early History of Le Bec Jean-Hervé Foulon
The Role of the Abbots of Le Bec (1034–1281) Véronique Gazeau
Anselm of Le Bec and Canterbury: Teacher by Word and Example, Following the Footprints of His Ancestors Sally N. Vaughn
Robert of Torigni and Le Bec: The Man and the Myth Benjamin Pohl
The Writing of History at Le Bec Elisabeth van Houts
Manuscripts and Book Production at Le Bec Jenny Weston
The Monastic Library at Le Bec Laura Cleaver
Theology at Le Bec Giles Gasper
Custom and Identity at Le Bec Steven Vanderputten
Education and Schooling at Le Bec: A Case Study of Le Bec’s Florilegia Elizabeth Kuhl
The Use of Space and the Religious Life at Le Bec Leonie V. Hicks
Medical Knowledge and Practice at Le Bec (c.1050–c.1300) Elma Brenner
The Ecclesiastical Patrons of Le Bec Richard Allen
The Monks of Le Bec and Their Benefactors: The Nature and Meaning of Religious Patronage Julie Potter
Companion will be of key interest to everyone studying the history and monastic culture of medieval Normandy, and to scholars and students of the Anglo-Norman world more widely.