IMC 2003: Sessions

Session 1017: Friend or Foe?: The Authority of the Later Medieval Laity as Patrons of Religious Houses in the British Isles

Wednesday 16 July 2003, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, University of Glasgow
Organiser:Karen Stöber, Department of History & Welsh History, Aberystwyth University
Moderator/Chair:Björn Weiler, Department of History & Welsh History, Aberystwyth University
Paper 1017-aFor Power, Prestige or Prayer: Patrons and Late Medieval Scottish Convents
(Language: English)
Kimm Perkins, School of Humanities (History), University of Glasgow
Index terms: Lay Piety, Monasticism, Religious Life
Paper 1017-bWhich Patron? Some English Monasteries that had to Choose
(Language: English)
Michael Hicks, School of Humanities & Heritage Studies, University of Winchester
Paper 1017-cLay Patrons of Late Medieval Monasteries and Nunneries as Figures of Authority: The Case of England and Wales
(Language: English)
Karen Stöber, Department of History & Welsh History, Aberystwyth University
Index terms: Lay Piety, Monasticism, Religious Life
Abstract

This session treats the role of the laity as figures of power and authority in their capacity as patrons of religious houses in the British Isles. The first paper assesses lay patrons of Scottish convents – while the laity were helping the convents monetarily, this help could become a hinderance to the community – both spiritually and politically. The second speaker will concentrate on the evidence for the relationship between the Irish mendicant friars and their patrons based on the evidence of 15th-century wills and letters of confraternity, while the third speaker will focus on a range of issues relating to the lay patrons of late medieval English and Welsh religious houses, including bequests to, and burials in monestaries.