IMC 2005: Sessions

Session 516: Entering the Monastery, II: the Central Middle Ages

Tuesday 12 July 2005, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:University of Toronto / Universiteit Utrecht
Organiser:Isabelle Cochelin, Department of History & Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Toronto
Moderator/Chair:Gwendolyn Rice, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Toronto, Downtown
Paper 516-aThere's No Escape: Moral Tales for Tiny Tots who Don't Want to Become Monks
(Language: English)
Phyllis G. Jestice, Department of History, University of Southern Mississippi
Index terms: Monasticism, Religious Life
Paper 516-bIdeal Paths: Monastic Customaries and Recruitment (9th-12th Centuries)
(Language: English)
Isabelle Cochelin, Department of History & Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Toronto
Index terms: Monasticism, Religious Life
Paper 516-cDonating Oneself, Donating Others: Monastic Recruitment in Provence (10th-12th Centuries)
(Language: English)
Eliana Magnani Soares-Christen, CNRS, UMR 5594, Auxerre / Dijon
Index terms: Monasticism, Religious Life
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.