Definition and reality of double monasticism in Medieval Europe: a case study: the Anglo-Norman monastery of St. Albans
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AbstractThe term "double monastery" suggests a medieval monastery in which women and men lived together. This subject has not attracted many historians, and of those which it has attracted few either define the phrase "double monastery" in consistent terms or develop the topic. This thesis investigates the historiographical usage and definition of the term "double monastery," and develops a theoretical definition of the phrase to compare with the examples of double monasteries identified by historians as existing from fourth-century Egypt to twelfth-century England. The theoretical definition is then tested through a case study of a medieval monastery, St Albans Abbey in England.
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