Religions 2014, 5(1), 90-108; doi:10.3390/rel5010090

Saint Anselm of Canterbury and Charismatic Authority

Received: 29 August 2013; in revised form: 17 December 2013 / Accepted: 20 December 2013 / Published: 10 February 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Charisma, Medieval and Modern)
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Abstract: The early career of Archbishop Anselm of Canterbury (c. 1033–1109) provides an opportunity to explore the operation of charismatic authority in a monastic setting. It is argued that the choice of Anselm for the archiepiscopal see of Canterbury in 1093 was the result of his growing reputation cultivated during his years as prior and abbot of the influential Norman monastery of Bec. The article explores various aspects of Anselm’s charismatic authority including his performance of charisma, the charisma derived from his fame as a scholar, and his reputation as a miracle-working holy man.
Keywords: charisma; Weber; Anselm; Canterbury; Eadmer; monasticism; medieval
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Aird, W.M. Saint Anselm of Canterbury and Charismatic Authority. Religions 2014, 5, 90-108.

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Aird WM. Saint Anselm of Canterbury and Charismatic Authority. Religions. 2014; 5(1):90-108.

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Aird, William M. 2014. "Saint Anselm of Canterbury and Charismatic Authority." Religions 5, no. 1: 90-108.

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