IMC 2003: Sessions

Session 1520: Lay Devotion and Clerical Supervision in the Urban Low Countries

Thursday 17 July 2003, 09.00-10.30

Organiser:Koen Goudriaan, Opleiding Geschiedenis, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Moderator/Chair:Sabrina Corbellini, Oudere Nederlandse Letterkunde Rijksuniversiteit Groningen Oude Kijk in 't Jatstraat 26 9712 EK GRONINGEN
Paper 1520-a'Pro salutate animarum suarum': The Early Lay Foundations at Bruges between Devotion, Ecclesiastical Power and Prestige
(Language: English)
Stijn Bossuyt, Department of History, KU Leuven, Campus Kortrijk
Index terms: Charters and Diplomatics, Lay Piety, Religious Life, Social History
Paper 1520-bChantries between Family Interest and Clerical Influence
(Language: English)
Annemarie Speetjens, Department of Medieval History, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Index terms: Computing in Medieval Studies, Lay Piety, Liturgy, Religious Life
Paper 1520-cOrganising Urban Religious Space: City Chapels and Parish Churches in the County of Holland
(Language: English)
Koen Goudriaan, Opleiding Geschiedenis, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Index terms: Architecture - Religious, Lay Piety, Religious Life

A fundamental evolution in the later Middle Ages is the increasing part played by lay persons in shaping religious life, resulting in a wealth of foundations and a great variety of expressions of devotion. However, lay initiative did not mean the loss of influence of the clergy. This is true on two levels. First, lay devotion remained firmly sacramental, which obviously entailed reinforcement rather than weakening of the role of the clergy. Secondly, even in the practical organisation of lay religion, clerical authorities remained involved, although this is a field in which more tension between the two parties can be perceived.
In this session, three case studies will be presented, dealing with various aspects of lay devotion under clerical influence in the highly urbanized southern and northern Low Countries.