IMC 2004: Sessions

Session 725: Religious Houses and Conflict in the Middle Ages

Tuesday 13 July 2004, 14.15-15.45

Organiser:Paul Dalton, Department of History, Liverpool Hope University College
Moderator/Chair:William M. Aird, School of History, Archaeology & Religion, Cardiff University
Paper 725-aReligious Houses, Conflict, Peacemaking and Protection in King Stephen's Reign
(Language: English)
Paul Dalton, Department of History, Liverpool Hope University College
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Lay Piety, Monasticism, Religious Life
Paper 725-bThe Abbot and the Convent: Conflict and Co-operation within Late Medieval English Monasteries
(Language: English)
Martin Heale, Department of History, University of Liverpool
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Monasticism, Religious Life
Paper 725-cStuck in the Middle Again: Convents and Conflict in Medieval Scotland
(Language: English)
Kimm Perkins, School of Humanities (History), University of Glasgow
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Lay Piety, Monasticism, Religious Life
Abstract

The session explores the involvement of religious houses in internal and external conflicts. One paper examines the position of English houses as focuses of conflict, peacemaking and protection during King Stephen’s reign (1135-1154). A second explores conflict and co-operation in late medieval English monasteries, providing an account and evaluation of the democratic movements that attempted to delineate the power accorded by the Benedictine Rule to monastic superiors. A third examines how late medieval Scottish female convents managed their affairs after destruction of their lands in war, dealt with continual conflict, maintained religious life, and were assisted by Scottish families.