The twelfth century was characterized by intense spirituality as well as rapid ecomic development. Drawing on unprecedented research, Constance Brittain Bouchard demonstrates that the Cistercian monks of Burgundy were exemplary in both spheres. Bouchard explores the web of ecomic ties that linked the Cistercian monasteries with their secular neighbors, especially the knights, and reaches some surprising conclusions about Cistercian attitudes.
Constance Brittain Bouchard is Distinguished Professor of Medieval History at the University of Akron. Among her many books are Every Valley Shall Be Exalted, Strong of Body, Brave and Noble, Holy Entrepreneurs, and Sword, Miter, and Cloister, all from Cornell.