IMC 2005: Sessions

Session 1613: Social, Political, and Spiritual Tensions and the Stages of Life: Three Perspectives on Minority and Seniority within the Context of the Later Middle Ages

Thursday 14 July 2005, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Netherlands Research School for Medieval Studies
Organiser:Geert van Iersel, Utrecht Centre for Medieval Studies, Universiteit Utrecht
Moderator/Chair:Rob Meens, Utrecht Centre for Medieval Studies, Universiteit Utrecht
Paper 1613-aProfectus virtutum: The Modern Devotion Movement and the Moral Conception of the Three Stages of Life
(Language: English)
Krijn Pansters, Faculteit Letteren, Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen
Index terms: Monasticism, Religious Life, Theology
Paper 1613-bMinority, Legitimacy, Authority: John I and the Struggle for Power in Holland, 1296-1299
(Language: English)
Lisanne Vleugels, Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen, Universiteit van Amsterdam
Index terms: Political Thought, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 1613-cPower and the Quest for Seniority in Two Child Exile Romances: Havelok the Dane and Octavian
(Language: English)
Geert van Iersel, Utrecht Centre for Medieval Studies, Universiteit Utrecht
Index terms: Language and Literature - Middle English, Mentalities, Social History

This session offers three perspectives on a subject related to this year’s Youth and Age theme: minority and seniority within the context of the Later Middle Ages. The first paper discusses the role of Profectus virtutum in bridging the distance between noviciate and perfection in the Modern Devotion movement. The second paper explores the circumstances underlying the struggle for power which ensued the death of count Florence V of Holland and Zealand in 1296, focussing on John I’s minority and lack of experience. The third paper explores the roles of material attributes in attaining seniority in two Child Exile romances.