Reforming the reader’s interior
Defining emotional reform and affectivity in John of Fécamp’s Confessio theologica
in Emotional monasticism
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This chapter performs a careful reading of the entire text of John’s Confessio theologica in order to define the nature of John’s affective piety. This reading clarifies the historical record, which often only highlights selections from John’s Confessio theologica rather than systematically analyses the whole thing. The chapter details John’s affective prescriptions to his reader, and also uses manuscript evidence to show how these were particularly aimed at monastic readers in Fécamp’s network. The examination provided here will satisfy historians of emotion, who will be interested in the contours of devotional emotion in this eleventh-century context; it also provides a basis for the remaining analyses in the book.

Emotional monasticism

Affective piety in the eleventh-century monastery of John of Fécamp


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