IMC 2003: Sessions

Session 307: Texts and Identities in the Early Middle Ages, III: Restricting the Body in Early Medieval Christianity

Monday 14 July 2003, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:Forschungsstelle für Geschichte des Mittelalters, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien / Utrecht Centre for Medieval Studies, Universiteit Utrecht
Organiser:Maximilian Diesenberger, Institut für Mittelalterforschung, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien
Moderator/Chair:Julia M. H. Smith, Department of Mediaeval History, University of St Andrews
Paper 307-aApproaches to the Resurrection of the Body in Early Medieval Christianity
(Language: English)
Charles L. Hammel, Department of Mediaeval History, University of St Andrews
Paper 307-bForms of Religious Life for Women in the 6th Century
(Language: English)
Lindsay Victoria Rudge, Department of Mediaeval History, University of St Andrews
Paper 307-cItalian Penitentials and the Practice of Penance
(Language: English)
Adriaan Gaastra, Instituut Geschiedenis, Universiteit Utrecht
Abstract

The first paper will discuss aspects of body, soul, and identity in the context of death and resurrection in early medieval Christianity across a variety of source genres: exegesis, hagiography, visions, medical texts. The second paper focuses on early monastic rules and will explore some of the options available to women in the late fifth and sixth centuries who sought to live a religious life, both within and outside a monastic environment. Drawing examples of religious women from a variety of sources, it will examine issues of motivation, choice, and influence. These will be considered within a number of contexts, including those of family piety and episcopal involvement. The third paper deals with Italian penitentials and the practice of penance.