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Forms of Organization

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Author(s): Gert Melville
The most dominant formation of the Middle Ages in terms of organizational history was the Church. It was a child of antiquity – both in its spiritual and dogmatic foundations (→the Christianization of…
Date: 2016-10-17

Religious Life – Monasteries and Religious Orders

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Author(s): Gert Melville
The Church Father Saint Ambrose (d. 397) was one of the first to refer to a central dichotomy among Christians: those who followed only the evangelical precepts ( praecepta) – that is, the laity and clergy – and those who vowed…
Date: 2016-10-17

Preface of the Editors

(664 words)

Author(s): Gert Melville | Martial Staub
It is with great pleasure that we preface Brill's Encyclopedia of the Middle Ages as its editors on behalf of all its authors. We are very grateful indeed to Brill for taking the initiative to translate it and pub…
Date: 2016-08-09

Introduction – an Encyclopedia

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Author(s): Gert Melville and Martial Staub
An EncyclopediaAfter many years spent preparing the publication of Brill's Encyclopedia of the Middle Ages, the editors are happy to present it to a broad public.The guiding principle of any encyclopedia is always to highligh…
Date: 2016-08-09