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MOURA FILHO, Raimundo Carvalho. Aelred of Rievaulx and Goderico of Finchal: austerity and monastic observance in perspective (12th century). Nova tellus [online]. 2022, vol.40, n.1, pp.169-182.  Epub Apr 08, 2022. ISSN 0185-3058.

In the course of the 12th century, with the emergence of new monastic orders, including that of Cistercian (1098 AD), the theme of austerity became central to the discussion on the best way of observing the Rule of Saint Benedict, a canonical document on regular life from the 6th century. Conceptions about austerity can be verified, on the one hand, in the Mirror of Charity, by the Cistercian abbot Aelredo de Rivelaux (1110-1167 AD), and, on the other, in the hagiography The life of saint Godric, whose socio-cultural place is the priory from Durham, also in Anglia. Thus, this article intends to prove that there were approaching and distancing concerning the best way to carry out monastic austerity in northern Anglia, at the center of religious renewal in the course of the 12th century.

Keywords : Asceticism; Anglia; Monasticism; Austerity; Observance.

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