IMC 2005: Sessions

Session 119: Telling Laymen What to Do

Monday 11 July 2005, 11.15-12.45

Organiser:Catherine Rider, Christ's College, University of Cambridge
Moderator/Chair:Pete Biller, Department of History, University of York
Paper 119-aSales, Swindles and Sanctions: Bishop Sal┬Ěla of Urgell and the Counts of Catalonia
(Language: English)
Jonathan Jarrett, Birkbeck College, University of London
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 119-bWhy Is It Wrong to Use Magical Cures?: Sorcery in 13th-Century Confession Manuals
(Language: English)
Catherine Rider, Christ's College, University of Cambridge
Index terms: Daily Life, Lay Piety, Mentalities, Social History
Paper 119-cDid Laymen Know the Canon Law on Incest in Late Medieval England?
(Language: English)
Samantha J. Worby, Department of History, University College London
Index terms: Canon Law, Ecclesiastical History, Law, Social History

The pastoral movement of the thirteenth century made the reform of lay religious beliefs and practices one of the church’s main priorities, and affected many areas of lay life. This session will examine how educated churchmen communicated the often complex details of law and theology to a lay audience, focusing on three different areas of interest, each of which has left different sources: use of the Bible; magical practices; and the canon law of incest. What strategies did churchmen use to get their message across? How successful were they? And how much notice did the laity take?