Medieval Monasticism

Selected Books

Monasticism in the Middle Ages

France, James. The Cistercians in medieval art. Kalamazoo, Mich. : Cistercian Publications, 1998. (BX3409 C497 no.170)

Elder, E. Rozanne. The New monastery : texts and studies on the earliest Cistercians. Spencer, Mass. : Cistercian Publications, 1998. (BX3415 C497 no.60)

Herman of Tournai. The restoration of the Monastery of Saint Martin of Tournai. Washington, D.C. : Catholic University of America Press, c1996. (BX2612.T6 H4713)

Logan, F. Donald. Runaway religious in medieval England, c. 1240-1540. New York : Cambridge University Press, 1996. (BX2592 L64)

Burton, Janet E. Monastic and religious orders in Britain, 1000-1300. New York Cambridge University Press, 1994. (BX2592 .B86)

Milis, Ludovicus. Angelic monks and earthly men : monasticism and its meaning to medieval society. Rochester, NY: Boydell Press, 1992. (BX2470 .M52)

King, James Cecil. The culture of the Abbey of St. Gall : an overview. Stuttgart : Belser, 1991. (NX663.S9 K8413)

Grégoire, Réginald. The monastic realm. New York : Rizzoli, 1985. (BX2470 .G7413)

Lawrence, C. H. Medieval monasticism : forms of religious life in western Europe in the Middle Ages. New York : Longman, 1984. (BX2470 .L435)

Bishko, Charles Julian. Spanish and Portuguese monastic history 600-1300. London : Variorum Reprints, 1984. (BX2654 .B541)

Guibert. Self and society in Medieval France : the memoirs of Abbot Guibert of Nogent. Buffalo : University of Toronto Press, 1984. (BX4705.G85 A33)

Moorman, John R. H. Medieval Franciscan houses. St. Bonaventure University, 1983. (BX3606.2 .M788)

Bolton, Brenda. The medieval reformation. London : Edward Arnold, 1983. (BX2470 .B639)

Panagopoulos, Beata. Cistercian and mendicant monasteries in medieval Greece. Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 1979. (NA5593 .P36 1979)

Butler, Lionel Harry. Medieval monasteries of Great Britain. London : Joseph, 1979. (BX2592 .B977)

Zarnecki, George. The monastic achievement. New York, McGraw-Hill <1972>. (BX2432 .Z37 1972)

Hunter Blair, Peter. The world of Bede. New York, St. Martin's Press <1971, c1970>. (BR67.B4 Z5, H86)

Jocelin de Brakelond. The chronicle of Jocelin of Brakelond, monk of St. Edmundsbury. New York, Cooper Square Publishers, 1966. (DA690.B97 J6)

Leclercq, Jean. The history of medieval spirituality. 1960. (BV5082.2 .L42)

Swartwout, Robert Egerton. The monastic craftsman, an inquiry into the services of monks to art in Britain and in Europe north of the Alps during the middle ages. Cambridge W. Heffer and Sons, ltd., 1932. (N5970 .S8)

Fuhrmann, Joseph. Irish medieval monasteries on the continent. Washington, 1927. (BX2590 .F8 1927)

Monasticism for Women in the Middle Ages

Makowski, Elizabeth M. Canon law and cloistered women : Periculoso and its commentators, 1298-1545. Washington, D.C. : Catholic University of America Press, c1997. (BQV230 487 .M34)

Venarde, Bruce L. Women's monasticism and medieval society : nunneries in France and England, 890-1215. Ithaca : Cornell University Press, 1997. (BX4220.E85 V46)

Schmitt, Miriam. Medieval women monastics : wisdom's wellsprings. Collegeville, Minn. : Liturgical Press, 1996. (BX4200 .M43)

Bell, David N. What nuns read : books and libraries in medieval English nunneries. Kalamazoo, MI : Cistercian Publications, 1995. (BX3409 .C497)

Gilchrist, Roberta. Religious women in medieval East Anglia : history and archaeology c1100-1540. University of
East Anglia ; 1993. (BX4220.G7 G55)

Johnson, Penelope D. Equal in monastic profession : religious women in Medieval France. Chicago : University of Chicago Press, c1991.  (BX4220.F8 J64)

Holloway, Julia. Equally in God's image : women in the Middle Ages. New York : P. Lang, c1990. (HQ1143 .E68)

Thompson, Sally. Women religious : the founding of English nunneries after the Norman Conquest. New York : Oxford University Press, 1991. (BX2592 .T56)

Elkins, Sharon K. Holy women of twelfth-century England. Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, c1988. (BX4220.G7 E45)

Nichols, John A Medieval religious women. Kalamazoo, Mich. : Cistercian Publications, 1984. (BX4210.M345)

Maycock, Alan. Saint Mary's Abbey. Kent: St. Mary's Abbey, c1953. (BX4631.M3)


Bulletin of medieval canon law
Cahiers de civilisation médiévale
Medieval philosophy & theology
Journal of medieval and Renaissance studies
Medieval archaeology
Mediaeval studies
Medievalia et humanistica
Le Moyen âge
Nuovi studi medievali
Patristica et mediaevalia
Recherches de théologie et philosophie médiévales


Social history of the Middle Ages : life in a monastery. St. Benedict, Ore. : Mount Angel Abbey Library, 1990. (ACV4 .S6624)

The Medieval monastery a photographic essay. University of Toronto for the Centre for Medieval Studies: 1979. (ACV4 .M4243)

Web Sites

The Catholic Encyclopedia: Monasticism

The Catholic Encyclopedia: The Rule of St. Benedict

Medieval Architecture: Abbeys and Monasteries

Medieval People: Religious Figures

Medieval Religion: Holy Orders