A Companion to Medieval Rules and Customaries offers an introduction to the rules and customaries of the main religious orders in medieval Europe: Benedictine, Cistercian, Carthusian, Augustinian, Premonstratensian, Templar, Hospitaller, Teutonic, Dominican, Franciscan, and Carmelite. As well as introducing the early history and spirituality of the orders, scholars survey the central topics – organization, doctrine, morality, liturgy, and culture, as documented by these primary sources.
Contributors are: James Clark, Tom Gaens, Jean-François Godet-Calogeras, Holly Grieco, Emilia Jamroziak, Gert Melville, Stephen Molvarec, Carol Neel, Krijn Pansters, Matthew Ponesse, Bert Roest, Kristjan Toomaspoeg, Paul van Geest, Ursula Vones-Liebenstein, and Coralie Zermatten.
Krijn Pansters, Ph.D. (2007) in Medieval History, Radboud University Nijmegen, and Ph.D. (2019) in Medieval Theology, KU Leuven, teaches Christian Spirituality at Tilburg University (School of Catholic Theology, Franciscan Study Center).
List of Contributors
1 Medieval Rules and Customaries Reconsidered
2 The Rule of Saint Benedict
3 The Cistercian Customaries
4 The Carthusian Customaries
Stephen J. Molvarec and Tom Gaens
5 The Rule of Saint Augustine
Paul van Geest
6 The Customaries of Saint-Ruf
7 The Premonstratensian Project
8 Templars, Hospitallers, and Teutonic Knights
9 The Dominican
10 The Rule of Saint Francis
Holly J. Grieco
11 The Rules of Poor Clares and Minoresses
12 The Rule of the Franciscan Third Order
13 The Carmelite Rule
14 The Augustinian Rules and Constitutions
All interested in the history and spirituality of medieval religious rules and customaries. Keywords: medieval religious orders, vita religiosa, monasticism, mendicants, rules, customaries, constitutions, medieval spirituality, virtues, Benedictines, Cistercians, Carthusians, Franciscans, Dominicans, Augustinians.