The Congregation of Tiron
Title
The Congregation of Tiron
Subtitle
Monastic Contributions to Trade and Communication in Twelfth-Century France and Britain
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€ 88,99
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9781641893596
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232
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English
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15.6 x 23.4 cm
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Introduction Chapter 1: The Appearance of Tiron within the Church Reform and Monastic Reform from the Eleventh Century Chapter 2: The Tironensian Identity Chapter 3: Bernard of Abbeville and Tiron's Foundation to ca. 1119 Chapter 4: William of Poitiers and His Successors Chapter 5: Expansion in France Chapter 6: Expansion in the British Isles Chapter 7: The Later History Appendix 1 1147 Comparison of the Papal Confirmations Appendix 2 Disputes Bibliography
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"At the end of her study on the economy of the monastery of Tiron in the twelfth century, Ruth Harwood Cline says that one of her purposes in writing the book was to "break ground for future research" on the monastery's history. (179) This is a promise that many of us make for our own work, but the reader will find that Cline fulfills it to an unusual degree in this study of a previously neglected religious order."
- Jean Truax, The Medieval Review, March 2021

Ruth Harwood Cline

The Congregation of Tiron

Monastic Contributions to Trade and Communication in Twelfth-Century France and Britain

Tiron was a reformed Benedictine congregation founded ca. 1109 by Bernard of Abbeville. Though Tiron is little known to medieval and religious historians, this in-depth study shows how it expanded from obscurity in the forests of the Perche to become an international congregation with headquarters in Chartres and Paris and abbeys and priories in France and the British Isles. After famine drove craftsmen to his monastery, Bernard sold their wares to survive, and the congregation became noted for building, crafts, education, and horse-breeding. Tiron preceded the Cistercians in Britain and traded in rising towns, and by 1147 it had a centrally controlled network of riverine and coastal properties connecting its production hubs with towns and ports. Its expansion prefi gured the Angevin trading zone and the French nation. Subsequently Tiron endured wartime ravages, funded illustrious commendatory abbots, and merged with the Congregation of Saint-Maur, before closing in 1792.
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Ruth Harwood Cline

[Ruth Harwood Cline](https://gufaculty360.georgetown.edu/s/contact/00336000014Rb1qAAC/ruth-cline), a medieval historian at Georgetown University, has translated the *Life of Blessed Bernard of Tiron* and Chrétien de Troyes’ verse Arthurian romances.