IMC 2005: Sessions

Session 1619: Ideal and Practicality in Missionary Efforts and Conversion Issues

Thursday 14 July 2005, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Texas Medieval Association
Organiser:Sally N. Vaughn, Department of History, University of Houston, Texas
Moderator/Chair:James R. King, Department of History, Midwestern State University
Paper 1619-aThe Irish and Roman Models for Northumbrian Missions
(Language: English)
Russell Earhart, Department of History, Texas Tech University
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Local History
Paper 1619-bRudolf Writing Leoba: Ideal and Practice in Literary Form
(Language: English)
Margaret W. Cotter-Lynch, Southeastern Oklahoma State University
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Hagiography, Language and Literature - Old English
Paper 1619-cThe Norman Missionary Vision and the Reform of the English Church
(Language: English)
Sally N. Vaughn, Department of History, University of Houston, Texas
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Historiography - Medieval, Political Thought

This session will examine three different examples of missionaries attempting conversion. The first is the conversion of Northumbria, which drew its ideas of conversion from both the Irish and the Roman traditions, and then developed these into missionary ideals for conversion of the continent. The second is an analysis of Rudolf Abbot of Fulda’s struggle to reconcile the missionary Leoba’s admirable missionary efforts with the difficult fact that she was female, and to produce a text balancing both facts. The third examines the Norman reform of the English church after 1066 to find Archbishops Lanfranc and Anselm drawing upon the Augustinian conversion of England for their models, and seeing themselves as almost reenacting this history.