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Dr. Matthew Ponesse

Episode 4: The Lure of Monastic Loot

Were monasteries really a target for Viking raiders? What loot might have lured marauding Vikings to monasteries? In this episode, we sit down with Dr. Matthew Ponesse of Ohio Dominican University, an expert on 8th and 9th-century monasticism, to discuss the nature of monasticism, monkhood, the role and place of monasteries in the Carolingian world, and what, if anything, drew Vikings to monasteries for raids.

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