Lauren Mancia, Associate History Professor, recently published her book, Meditation and Prayer in the Eleventh-and Twelfth-Century Monastery: Struggling Towards God.

The work examines medieval monastic meditation, prayer, and retrospection during the eleventh and twelfth centuries where monks and nuns used Benedictine and Cistercian spiritual writings used to live a devotional Christian life.

Professor Mancia also cohosted a two-day conference with Professor Brian Sowers called Fragments of Experience: Approaching “Lived Religion” From Late Antiquity to the Central Middle Ages from June 5-6. The conference gathered 13 experts from various disciplinary fields to discuss the everyday experiences of religious individuals from centuries ago.