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Joachim of Fiore and Monastic Reform (American University Studies)

Wessley, Stephen E.

Published by Peter Lang Publishing
ISBN 10: 0820412740 / ISBN 13: 9780820412740
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Title: Joachim of Fiore and Monastic Reform (...

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Synopsis: Herald of a future third age ( status) for mankind, the medieval abbot Joachim of Fiore (d. 1202) attracted and affected many individuals from Dante to Columbus. This book concentrates on the beginning of the story: it proves Joachim intended that he and his own order of monks, the Florensians, were to initiate the beginning of the third age. Using a variety of documents, Stephen Wessley uncovers Joachim's motivations when he broke away from the Cistercian monks to found his own reformed monastic group. Joachim's intended role for his Florensian monks, to be initiators of the new age, Wessley argues, was preserved by them well after Joachim's death. Drawing on manuscript evidence, the author traces this Florensian ideology through a period of major crises in the order to its appropriation by Franciscans.

Review: «'If Joachim of Fiore, conclut-il, becomes less an abstract thinker and acquires a more vivid personality, if the Florensians come out of the shadows to assume a more striking identity, this essay will be successful.' Et de fait, le but est atteint.» (D.M., Revue Bénédictine)
«The author's fresh approach in interpreting Joachim's imageries, symbolisms and idiosyncrasies, has yielded positive results in installing the abbot among the mediaeval religious reformers.» (Benedict Vadakkekara, Istituto Storico dei Cappuccini)
«Wessley has made excellent use of the recent manuscript research by Fabio Troncarelli and A.M. Adorisio on codices from S. Giovanni and the Cistercian/Florensian monasteries of southern Italy.» (E. Randolph Daniel, American Historical Review.)
«The author's careful attention to texts and abundant scholarly citations ... make this study a valuable contribution. ... it is recommended to all interested not only in the enigmatic Joachim but also in the history of medieval monasticism and apocalyptic thought.» (Richard K. Emmerson, Speculum)
«...well written. ...a substantial contribution to Joachimite studies.» (Philip F. Gallagher, Church History)
«...this work succeeds admirably. Wessley has brought our attention to Joachimite writings, which have been too little studied. This important book adds greatly to our understanding of Joachim and the early Florensians.» (Thomas Renna, Utopian Studies)

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