A Companion to the Abbey of Cluny in the Middle Ages


Volume Editors: Scott G. Bruce and Steven Vanderputten
Founded in 910 by Duke William of Aquitaine, the abbey of Cluny rose to prominence in the eleventh century as the most influential and opulent center for monastic devotion in medieval Europe. While the twelfth century brought challenges, both internal and external, the Cluniacs showed remarkable adaptability in the changing religious climate of the high Middle Ages. Written by international experts representing a range of academic disciplines, the contributions to this volume examine the rich textual and material sources for Cluny’s history, offering not only a thorough introduction to the distinctive character of Cluniac monasticism in the Middle Ages, but also the lineaments of a detailed research agenda for the next generation of historians.

Contributors are: Isabelle Rosé, Steven Vanderputten, Marc Saurette, Denyse Riche, Susan Boynton, Anne Baud, Sébastien Barret, Robert Berkhofer III, Isabelle Cochelin, Michael Hänchen, Gert Melville, Eliana Magnani, Constance Bouchard, Benjamin Pohl, and Scott G. Bruce.

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Scott G. Bruce, Ph.D. (2000), Princeton University, is Professor of Medieval History at Fordham University in the Bronx, New York. He has published several books on the history of Cluny, most recently (with Christopher A. Jones) The Relatio metrica de duobus ducibus: A Twelfth-Century Cluniac Poem on Prayer for the Dead (Brepols, 2016).

Steven Vanderputten, Ph.D. (2000), Ghent University, is Professor in the History of the Early and High Middle Ages at Ghent University. He has published extensively on the history of monastic life in the medieval West, among other places in his latest monograph Medieval Monasticisms. Forms and Experiences of the Monastic Life in the Latin West (De Gruyter/Oldenbourg, 2020).
This Companion will be of interest to everyone studying the history of Cluniac monasticism and to scholars and students of medieval history more broadly.