Item description for Understanding Rance: The Spirituality Of The Abbot Of La Trappe In Context (Cistercian Studies Series) by David N. Bell...
Both during his lifetime and afterwards Armand Jean le Bouthiellier, the abbe de Rance, was a controversial figure. Alive, he was extravagantly admired by many, yet had, as one recent biographer observed, 'an unhappy genius for incurring hostility unnecessarily'. Dead, he continued to evoke extreme reactions-he was either loved or loathed. One biographer nicknamed him 'the thundering abbot'; others depicted him in hagiographical panegyrics. The present volume sets Rance against the colorful and extravagant world of seventeenth-century France and corrects both masterly and entertaining caricatures by exploring the world which surrounded and formed this ever fascinating monk: the privileged circles of the ancient regime in which Rance moved from his birth in 1626; and the austere monastic environment he created at la Trappe. 'This is not so much a book about Rance as around Rance, Dr Bell writes. 'I do not expect that it will persuade people who do not like Rance to like him; it may, however, serve to explain why he said and did what he said and did in the way that he said and did.'
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Studio: Cistercian Publications
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.5" Width: 5.54" Height: 0.84" Weight: 1.01 lbs.
Release Date May 30, 2005
Publisher Cistercian Publications
ISBN 0879071052 ISBN13 9780879071059
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More About David N. Bell
David N. Bell is University Research Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at The Memorial University of Newfoundland. A graduate of the Universities of Leeds and Oxford, he has written on diverse subjects from the desert monastic tradition to the libraries of medieval and seventeenth century abbeys, taught courses in Asian as well as European religious traditions, and has translated works from Coptic, Greek, and Latin.
David N. Bell was born in 1943.
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