book is available as an e-book and on paper. Editor Mette Bruun, Professor of Church History at the University of Copenhagen, is an example for a new style of research being applied to Cistercian Studies. It draws on the history of popular perceptions of monasticism, the Order's position in the history of ideas, and philosophical research on the ideals of silence and isolation.
Her selection of contributors is on the one hand an indicator of such new approaches, yet does not neglect to include recognized authorities in their diverse fields. Therefore, David Bell writes about liturgy, Rozanne Elder about the Order's early history, Bernard McGinn about spirituality. In keeping with (slightly skewed) Anglo-American perceptions of the Order, a Trappist accent appears throughout. Fr. Michael Casey OCSO is the only monk among the contributors.