Medieval Religious Rationalities: A Weberian Analysis by D. L. d'Avray

By D. L. d'Avray

Encouraged through the social theories of Max Weber, David d'Avray asks in what senses medieval faith used to be rational and, in doing so, proposes a brand new method of the examine of the medieval previous. employing principles constructed in his spouse quantity on Rationalities in heritage, he explores how values, instrumental calculation, criminal formality and great rationality have interaction and the ways that medieval ideals have been reinforced via their mutual connections, by way of adventure, and by means of psychological photos.

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Even the Provincial of the upper-German Franciscan province, Fr. Heinrich, accepted confederation with Sankt Emmeram’ (‘Zwischen 1474 und ¨ ¨ 1493 wurden mit 18 Benediktinerklostern Verbruderungen geschlossen oder erneuert. Auch der Provinzial der oberdeutschen Franziskanerprovinz, Fr. Heinrich, nahm die ¨ ¨ ¨ Konfoderation mit St. Emmeram auf’); cf. Braunmuller, ‘Confoderationsbriefe des Klosters St. Emmeram in Regensburg’. (The agreement edited here is mentioned briefly, ¨ p. 117: ‘32. 1474, 18.

The principle was an integral part of a coherent whole, thus in its context rational. From the thirteenth century on the Church authorities had the power to make the principle stick, at least far more than ever before. So this was conviction rationality, also known as value rationality. The increasing willingness to grant dispensations is explained by a developing feeling among the Church’s rulers that marriage to cousins and the like was not intrinsically wrong. It was deemed bad on aggregate, admittedly, for a number of reasons, not least because marrying a relative meant losing the chance to forge new links with a different clan.

Emmeram, dem gelehrten und eifrigen P. , und Novizenmeister jenes Klosters als Handbuch fur 114). In the manuscript, fols. 110v –111r (newer foliation), there is a copy of what looks like the corresponding letter of the Abbot of Plankstetten to the Abbot of St Emmeram ¨ about the same brotherhood of prayer. On the tradition of ‘Gebetsverbruderungen’ in Plankstetten see Bauer, Die Benediktinerabtei Plankstetten, 19–20. Freise, Geuenich and Wollasch, Das Martyrolog-Necrolog von St. Emmeram zu Regensburg.

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