IMC 2005: Sessions

Session 216: Entering the Monastery, I: The Early Middle Ages

Monday 11 July 2005, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Universiteit Utrecht / University of Toronto
Organiser:Albrecht Diem, Institut für Mittelalterforschung, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien
Moderator/Chair:Isabelle Cochelin, Department of History & Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Toronto
Respondent:Mayke de Jong, Instituut Geschiedenis, Universiteit Utrecht
Paper 216-aA Noble Community: Who Entered a Columbanian Monastery?
(Language: English)
Albrecht Diem, Institut für Mittelalterforschung, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien
Index terms: Education, Hagiography, Lay Piety, Monasticism
Paper 216-bWhat Do Hagiographical Sources Tell Us about the Monastic Education of Young Frankish Aristocrats?
(Language: English)
Anne-Marie Helvétius, amhelvetius@univ-paris8.fr
Index terms: Education, Hagiography, Monasticism
Abstract

One of the most persistent challenges of monastic communities is the problem of recruitment. Without permanent recruitment of new members, every communities would die out within a few decades. The study of the repartition between, and evolution of the different ways of entering a monastic community (child oblation, adult conversion, entrance ad succurrendum, division between lay monks/priest monks or between nobles/non-nobles, etc.) gives fruitful access both to the main theme of this conference (“Youth and Age”) and to the development of medieval monasticism on a theological/organizational level as well as its integration in political and social structures.