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Revista de Cultures Medievals 2022-12-27T16:40:05+00:00 Marta Sancho i Planas Open Journal Systems <div style="margin: 30px auto; max-width: 700px;"> <div id="amazingslider-1" style="display: block; position: relative; margin: 16px auto 14px;"> <ul class="amazingslider-slides" style="display: none;"> <li><img src="" alt="" /></li> <li><img src="" alt="" /></li> <li><img src="" alt="" /></li> <li><img src="" alt="" /></li> </ul> <ul class="amazingslider-thumbnails" style="display: none;"> <li><img src="" alt="" /></li> <li><img src="" alt="" /></li> <li><img src="" alt="" /></li> <li><img src="" alt="" /></li> </ul> <div class="amazingslider-engine" style="display: none;"><a href="">jQuery Slider</a></div> </div> </div> <div style="text-align: center;"> <h5>URL: <strong></strong></h5> </div> Editorial 2022-12-27T15:10:25+00:00 Maria Reina Bastardas i Rufat 2022-12-20T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2022 Perfilant els paisatges del primer monacat occidental: A propòsit del I Seminari Internacional Paisatges Patrístics del Monacat Primitiu a Occident (s. IV-VII) (Barcelona, 2021) 2022-12-27T15:17:16+00:00 Jordina Sales-Carbonell Marta Sancho i Planas Raúl Villegas Marín 2022-12-20T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2022 Geography, asceticism and monasticism in the Italic peninsula after Georg Jenal’s Italia ascetica atque monastica (1995) 2022-12-27T15:28:05+00:00 Roberto Alciati <p>The purpose of this essay is to analyze the heuristic value of the geographical perspective in the history of early Christian monasticism. Georg Jenal’s book <em>Italia ascetica atque monastica</em> (1995) provides an excellent example for assessing the advantages and limitations of this approach. Almost twenty-five years after its publication, recent historiographical trends, especially in the field of archaeology, seem to show the limits of analyses of this kind. Finally, how Jenal deals with the relationship between asceticism and monasticism will be examined.</p> 2022-12-20T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2022 Leander of Seville and female cenobitism: a subordinate virginity 2022-12-27T15:56:48+00:00 Pablo C. Díaz Martínez <p>The text <em>De institutione virginum</em>, written by Leander of Seville around 580, is practically the only evidence of the existence of an organized female monasticism before the official conversion of the Visigothic Kingdom to Catholicism in 589. The text is aimed both at showing the superiority of virginity over marriage, and convincing its addressee, his sister Florentina, a professed virgin in a monastery, that she has made the right decision. However, it includes two other aspects of interest to the study of late-Hispanic female cenobitism. On the one hand, it insists on the superiority of monastic community life over consecrated virginity in the family environment. On the other hand, it reveals an ideological perception which transfers to the sphere of the ascetic profession the same criteria that served for undervaluing women and were recurrent in the society of the time. As a consequence, virgins were considered morally weak and physically in need of male protection. The Betic conciliar legislation on female monastic life, emanating from the Council of Seville in 619, shows that these ideas were embodied in the subjection, as a general rule, of female monasteries to the tutelage of male monasteries.</p> 2022-12-20T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2022 Visigothic Monastic History: Old Paths and New Directions 2022-12-27T16:03:25+00:00 Roger Collins <p>Half a century ago, the evidence for monastic life and practices in the Visigothic kingdom consisted entirely of literary sources of very unequal merit, both in the value of their contents and its interpretation, and in the quality of the editions of them. Over recent decades, the latter has improved, though the lack of a proper critical edition of most of the monastic rules of the period remains a great weakness. After a slightly hesitant start, caused by disagreements over chronology, archaeology has come to play a central role in uncovering and understanding the evidence for Visigothic monasticism. Comparisons with discoveries made in several other geographical contexts, ranging from Egypt to the islands of the Hebrides, can enhance understanding of its scale and importance in the Iberian Peninsula in the post-Roman centuries. While much work remains to be done, it seems from what has now been achieved that Hispanic monasticism was far more extensive and more varied in character than would have been believed fifty years ago. Textual editing and study now need to be accelerated, to keep pace with expected further archaeological discoveries, to provide a better understanding of this important aspect of the history of the Visigothic kingdom.</p> 2022-12-20T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2022 Monastic landscapes: a new approach to Columbanian Monasticism 2022-12-27T16:09:30+00:00 Albrecht Diem <p>This contribution proposes different notions of “monastic landscapes” (geographic, political, textual, economic, spiritual) and discusses whether applying them to the monastic movement allegedly initiated by Columbanus may help us to refine or deconstruct the concept of “Columbanian monasticism.” Comparing evidence on monastic life in Gregory of Tours’ hagiographic and historiographic works with the depiction of monastic life in Jonas of Bobbio’s&nbsp;<em>Vita Columbani</em>&nbsp;shows that we can indeed identify a shift from a “landscape with monasteries” in sixth-century Merovingian Francia to a politically integrated “monastic landscape” in the seventh century. However, this does not mean that the fundamental shift was necessarily the result of the activities of the Irish monk Columbanus. An investigation of Jonas’ depiction of the spiritual and physical landscape around Columbanus’ main foundation Luxeuil shows the grade of continuity between monastic foundations in Gaul before Columbanus and the alleged center of a new “Columbanian” monastic movement.</p> 2022-12-20T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2022 Reviews 2022-12-27T16:16:18+00:00 Svmma Revista de Cultures Medievals 2022-12-20T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2022 Library 2022-12-27T16:27:37+00:00 Svmma Revista de Cultures Medievals 2022-12-20T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2022 News 2022-12-27T16:31:39+00:00 Svmma Revista de Cultures Medievals 2022-12-20T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2022 List of Reviewers 2022-12-27T16:36:22+00:00 Svmma Revista de Cultures Medievals 2022-12-20T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2022 Download the whole issue 2022-12-27T16:40:05+00:00 Svmma Revista de Cultures Medievals 2022-12-20T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2022