Cistercian Europe: Architecture of Contemplation (Cistercian Studies)

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Cistercian Europe offers a lavishly illustrated journey through Europes magnificent Cistercian abbeys. A leading expert in medieval architecture, Terryl Kinder brings these famous monasteries to life, showing not only where monks lived, worked, and prayed but also how the exquisite architecture of these buildings reflects the spiritual transformation to which their residents aspired. Dozens of famous Cistercian monasteries from across Europe have been chosen to illustrate the wide variety of architectural forms. Kinder places these monasteries squarely within the context of daily monastic life in the Middle Ages, describing the use for each abbey building, the reasons underlying the desire for simplicity, and the nature of the contemplative life they were designed to model. Maps, floor plans, and more than two hundred full-color and black-and- white photographs enhance Kinders informed and engaging text.

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Since completing his doctorate under the direction of David Power in 1982, Michael Downey has served as professor of theology and spirituality at universities and seminaries in the United States. His abiding theological commitment to those who are wounded and marginalized has brought him to serve the church most in need through lectures, conferences, and retreats in different parts of the world. From 1997-2011 he served as the Cardinal's Theologian, Archdiocese of Los Angeles. He is currently Diocesan Theologian in San Bernardino, CA.

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Virginia Jansen "Terryl Kinder's superbly illustrated book brings alive a lifetime of research and thought on Cistercian architecture, an 'architecture of silence' that shuns 'visual noise.' Kinder has produced an unrivaled panorama of Cistercian abbeys, of monks and nuns, of their art and architecture, of their history and spiritual existence, and, most of all, of their daily life. Kinder covers not only the order's churches, cloister buildings, and art, but also the activities that took place in the buildings, from 'solemn to common,' from spirituality and liturgy to clothing and laundry, from sign language to water management and feather mattresses, from sitting to medicine and prisons, from 'bulletin boards' to vines and orchards, beehives, dovecotes, and fishponds ? in shorts, the panoply of the full, rich, cloistered life. This book is accessible, eminently readable, and yet authoritative; it will fascinate and inform not only historians, art historians, and architects, but also environmentalists, students, administrators, theologians, religious, and all other readers who desire a window into another world. If you can have only one book on monastic or medieval Europe, this is the one to get." Benedict Simmonds, O.C.S.O. "This remarkable book is an invaluable contribution to our understanding of Cistercian life." Peter Fergusson "Reliable and highly readable. . . Each chapter is marked by original research and a lifetime of careful observation and recording." Cistercian Studies Quarterly "The nourishment for the mind and eye that [Kinder's] beautifully produced book provides for the scholar and lay reader alike is abundant indeed." National Catholic Reporter "Terryl Kinder's Cistercian Europe offers a lavishly illustrated tour through Europe's wonderful Cistercian abbeys. . . More than 200 full-color and black-and-white photographs of the cloistered walkways, decorated downspouts and interior details show how the construction of these buildings brought together artist and artisan, working with stone, glass and wood to build elaborately beautiful and sturdy shelter for illustrated manuscripts, hymnals and prayer books, statues, fountains and all the other necessary accoutrements of communal living and worship for the men and women who had taken up the contemplative life there." Choice "A refreshing, scholarly study of the relationship between material form and the spiritual journey. . . [Kinder's] discussion is thorough and scholarly, yet accessible and readable. Complementing the text is a rich collection of photographs and plans. . . An essential resource on Cistercian architecture and life."

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