IMC 2003: Sessions

Session 614: The Mighty Pen: Presentations of Power in the Middle Ages

Tuesday 15 July 2003, 11.15-12.45

Organiser:Matthew Gabriele, Department of Religion & Culture, Virginia Tech
Moderator/Chair:Jason K. Glenn, Department of History, University of Southern California
Paper 614-aUniversal Power / Local Texts: Marian Miracles in 12th-Century Catalonia
(Language: English)
Kathleen Stewart, University of California, Berkeley
Index terms: Gender Studies, Lay Piety, Mentalities, Monasticism
Paper 614-bPilgrim to Crusader: Charlemagne and his Journey to Jerusalem
(Language: English)
Matthew Gabriele, Department of Religion & Culture, Virginia Tech
Index terms: Crusades, Historiography - Medieval, Mentalities, Monasticism
Paper 614-cMy Last Duke: The Language of Marriage and Power in the Charters of Matilda of Tuscany
(Language: English)
Rosalind Jaeger Reynolds, University of California, Berkeley
Index terms: Charters and Diplomatics, Gender Studies, Mentalities, Political Thought
Abstract

Covering such themes as memory and history, lay piety, and gender studies, these papers seek to examine how figures (in this case, a ruler, a saint, and a countess) are presented as “powerful” during the Middle Ages. Our authors, generally churchmen, tended unsurprisingly to cloak their subjects in an aura of sanctity. Yet, power, for these authors, was not solely spiritual, as these powerful figures are rather deeply embedded in the temporal world and portrayed as participating in the politics and intellectual trends of the day.