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Title: Authority and Asceticism from Augustine to Gregory the Great
Author: Leyser, Conrad
Publisher: Oxford University Press; Publication Date: 2000
Hardcover; ISBN: 9780198208686
Volumes: 1; Pages: 240
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When barbarians invaded the Roman Empire in the years around 400 A.D., Christian monks hid in their cloisters--or so it is often assumed. Conrad Leyser shows is that monks in the early medieval West were, in fact, pioneers in the creation of a new language of moral authority. He describes the making of this tradition over two centuries from St Augustine to St Benedict and Gregory the Great.