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Monastic Reform And Man'S Fatal Flaw

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The world that saw the production of the second cluster of fall and death images was very different from the court circle of Charles the Bald in many respects. The manuscripts in which this second group are found are the products of monastic reform, and while the monasteries were deeply affected by social and political developments, they display far less concern with politics and give correspondingly more attention to more personal morality. Man must be made conscious of his sin and deviation from God's ways and one way was to continually remind man of the fate that awaited him. Adam's role in the fall differs from the ninth century basic type; the emphasis is on his humanity rather than his potential divinity, his frailty rather than his strength. The basic type from c. 1000 gives a far more pessimistic and less balanced picture than that of 150 years previously.

Keywords: Adam; death; manuscripts; monastic reform; sin



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