Cluny continues to hold her own as an important field of study for historians, especially for medievalists concerned with the central middle ages. These ages approximately coincide with what has been called the heroic period of Cluniac history: the tenth, eleventh and — to a lesser extent — the twelfth centuries: that is, from Cluny’s foundation in 910 to the end of the abbacy of Peter the Venerable in 1156. Thereafter, until 1790 when the monks finally left the great abbey, which was soon despoiled, Cluny played a minor historical role, though even its later history is not without interest.
KeywordsComprehensive Reading Lower Class Twelfth Century Reform Movement Eleventh Century
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