Aspects of Charity

Concern for one's neighbour in medieval vita religiosa

Edited by: Gert Melville

Charity as a Christian and, in particular, also a monastic virtue was a complex phenomenon in the Middle Ages. This book outlines the field of charity in the monastic form of life. The collected essays approach the subject from different angles, which present themselves as especially significant. The focus is placed both upon older communities oriented towards separation from the world, as well as upon those open to the world and interested in interaction with all people, so that insights can be gained into the mutual fraternal charity within the convents and monasteries along with charity towards all. Additionally, the book touches upon the wide spectrum of the communication levels of charity. Not least, attention is given to the pivotal point of charity - the systemic embedding of charity between people in the love of man for God, which leads to assimilation with Him. In doing so, the purpose was to draw attention to the fertility of the subject and to outline its importance for the history of the vita religiosa. (Series: Vita regularis - Ordnungen und Deutungen religiosen Lebens im Mittelalter. Abhandlungen - Vol. 45)

192 pages

Publication Date: 6/21/2011
Format: Paper
ISBN: 9783643111661