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Rievaulx Abbey and its Social Context, 1132-1300: Memory, Locality, and Networks

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From necrological evidence, the author argues that, in an age when individualized commemorations were replacing earlier cumulative prayers for benefactors and friends both living and dead, "the cistercian ideology of simplicity and emphasis on the collective rather than on the individual" (205) allowed the monks of Rievaulx to lessen the burden of commemorative prayer by remembering deceased patrons and friends as a group, by minimizing confraternities, and by limiting (or perhaps not receiving) requests for burial. Rievaulx Abbey and its Social Context, 1132 -1300 is a valuable contribution to the growing body of information on the circumstances that allowed the phenomenal expansion of the Cistercian Order in the second half of the twelfth century and on the experiences of the monks and their lay and ecclesiastical benefactors and antagonists as the White Monks became settled fixtures on the medieval landscape.

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