Negotiating the Landscape

Ellen Arnold draws upon a rich archive of charters, property and tax records, correspondence, miracle collections and saints' lives to explore the ways in which interaction with the natural world affected the 'environmental imagination' and identity of the Benedictine monks of Stavelot-Malmedy in the medieval Ardennes.

Negotiating the Landscape
Environment and Monastic Identity in the Medieval Ardennes

Ellen F. Arnold

2012 | 312 pages | Cloth $65.00
History | Religion
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Table of Contents

Introduction: Approaching the Medieval Landscape 1

Chapter 1. Religious Roots: Foundation in the ''Forest Wilderness'' 31

Chapter 2. Controlling the Domesticated Landscape: Value, Ownership, and Religious Interpretations 62

Chapter 3. Fighting over Forests: Establishing Social and Religious Authority 110

Chapter 4. Creating Conflict: Forests in the Monastic Imagination 145

Chapter 5. The Religious Landscape and Monastic Identity 173

Epilogue: The Passio Agilolfi Revisited 213

Timeline 219

Handlist of Sources 223

Notes 227

Bibliography 271

Index 289

Acknowledgments 299