Silence and Sign Language in Medieval Monasticism: The Cluniac Tradition c900-1200

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Silence and Sign Language in Medieval Monasticism: The Cluniac Tradition c900-1200
Authors: Scott G. Bruce
Year: 2007
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Language: english
ISBN 13: 9780521860802
ISBN 10: 051136749X
Categorie: History, World History
Pages: 227
Edition: 1

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Silence and Sign Language in Medieval Monasticism: The Cluniac Tradition, c.900-1200 Scott G. Bruce
Silence and Sign Language in Medieval Monasticism explores the rationales for religious silence in early medieval abbeys and the use of nonverbal forms of communication among monks when rules of silence forbade them from speaking. After examining the spiritual benefits of personal silence as a form of protection against the perils of sinful discourse in early monastic thought, this work shows how the monks of the Abbey of Cluny (founded in 910 in Burgundy) were the first to employ a silent language of meaning-specific hand signs that allowed them to convey precise information without recourse to spoken words. Scott Bruce discusses the linguistic character of the Cluniac sign language, its central role in the training of novices, the precautions taken to prevent its abuse, and the widespread adoption of this custom in other abbeys throughout Europe, which resulted in the creation of regionally specific idioms of this silent language. Categories:
History – World History
Year:
2007
Edition:
1
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Language:
english
Pages:
227
ISBN 10:
051136749X
ISBN 13:
9780521860802
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Medieval Life and Thought: Fourth Series
File:
86 MB

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