14. Hervé Oudart, Robert d'Arbrissel ermite et prédicateur.

14. Hervé Oudart, Robert d'Arbrissel ermite et prédicateur.

14. Hervé Oudart, Robert d'Arbrissel ermite et prédicateur.

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ISTITUZIONI E SOCIETA'                          (all books of the series)

Spoleto 2010, pp.XXXIV-502.

Why write another book on Robert of Arbrissel? Robert is mainly known as the founder of Fontevraud: from 1115, this abbey of women and men was governed by an abbess, and there the brothers were placed under the control of the nuns. This image of Robert of Arbrissel is true, but incomplete. It is drawn from Robert’s second Vita: written by a brother from Fontevraud, this text describes the last months of the ascetic († 1116), and it focuses on the institutional evolution of the community of Fontevraud at the end of Robert’s life. However, the whole life of Robert is to be found in the first Vita, by the Archbishop Baudri of Dol, who was a witness to some of the events he related. Baudri depicts precisely the eremitical features of Robert’s religious life as well as his predication. In his book, Robert of Arbrissel, hermit and preacher, Hervé Oudart tries to use this testimony by comparing it with the other sources concerning Robert. In particular, he carefully examines the documentation relating to the administration of the community of regular canons of La Roë, which was established by Robert in a desert of the diocese of Angers in 1096, and of the monastery of Fontevraud. The sources are consistent. They uniformly describe Robert as an imitator of his master Jesus; they insist upon his refusal, as an hermit, to assume the coercitive power of an abbot; they emphasize his constant determination, after he had been invested by pope Urbain II with the office of universal preaching, to evangelize all women and men.


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