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The Theology of Work

Peter Damian and the Medieval Religious Renewal Movement

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Part of the The New Middle Ages book series (TNMA)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Introduction

    1. Patricia Ranft
      Pages 1-10
  3. The Foundations: Early Christian Theologies of Work

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 11-11
    2. Patricia Ranft
      Pages 13-29
  4. The Framework: Peter Damian’s Contributions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 31-31
    2. Patricia Ranft
      Pages 33-54
    3. Patricia Ranft
      Pages 55-76
  5. The Completed Edifice: Medieval Monastic Movement

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 97-97
    2. Patricia Ranft
      Pages 99-119
    3. Patricia Ranft
      Pages 121-139
    4. Patricia Ranft
      Pages 141-168
    5. Patricia Ranft
      Pages 169-189
    6. Patricia Ranft
      Pages 191-201
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 203-264

About this book


This study addresses the need to learn what medieval thinkers had to say about the concept of work by examining the thought of Peter Damian and numerous other religious leaders and groups of the High Middle Ages for evidence of their contributions, deepening our understanding of this concept.


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About the authors

PATRICIA RANFT, Professor of History, Emerita, at Central Michigan University, USA, is the author of numerous studies on religious, intellectual and women's history. Her books include Women and the Religious Life in Premodern Europe (1996), a History Book Club selection, Women and Spiritual Equality in Christian Tradition (1998), A Woman's Way: The Forgotten History of Women Spiritual Directors (2000) and Women in Western Intellectual Culture, 600-1500 (2002), all published by Palgrave Macmillan. With this current study she returns to her earlier interest in the medieval religious renewal movement, about which she published some dozen articles.

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