As members of an elite corps of spiritual warriors medieval monks modeled the virtues of the true soldiery of christ for other members of christian society and held themselves to be superior to all lay arms bearers even the most pious crusaders and members of the military orders whose spiritual warfare was tainted by physical violence and bloodshed. Dr william purkis university of birmingham monastic culture has generally been seen as set apart from the medieval battlefield as those who prayed were set apart from those who fought however in this first study of the place of war within medieval monastic culture the author shows the limitations of this division. War and the making of medieval monastic culture studies in the history of medieval religion volume 37 smith katherine allen on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers war and the making of medieval monastic culture studies in the history of medieval religion volume 37. Download citation war and the making of medieval monastic culture by katherine allen smith studies in the history of medieval religion 37 pp ix 239 woodbridge boydell 2011 gbp50 978 1 . Journal of medieval monastic studies list of issues volume 1 doi 101484 jjmms1102740 previous article next article katherine allen smith war and the making of medieval monastic culture author helen j nicholson pages pp 143 144
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