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IMC 2006: Sessions

Session 1307: New Contexts for Old Stories, II: Late Antique and Early Medieval Literature Re-Used in Late Medieval Contexts

Wednesday 12 July 2006, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:Rijksuniversiteit Groningen / Oswald von Wolkenstein-Gesellschaft
Organisers:Suzan Folkerts, Faculteit der Letteren, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
Arnold Otto, Erzbischöfliches Generalvikariat Erzbistumsarchiv, Paderborn
Moderator/Chair:Valerie Vermassen, Onderzoekseenheid Middeleeuwen, KU Leuven
Paper 1307-aSus sprichet sant Augustinus: Patristic Thought in German Catechetic and Homiletic Literature
(Language: English)
Arnold Otto, Erzbischöfliches Generalvikariat Erzbistumsarchiv, Paderborn
Index terms: Language and Literature - German, Lay Piety, Monasticism, Sermons and Preaching
Paper 1307-bThe Church Fathers in Late Medieval Women's Convents in the Netherlands
(Language: English)
Koen Goudriaan, Opleiding Geschiedenis, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Index terms: Gender Studies, Language and Literature - Latin, Manuscripts and Palaeography, Monasticism
Paper 1307-c'Lere und bilde': Spiritual Guidance for Religious Communities in Early Medieval Hagiographic Models
(Language: English)
Astrid Breith, Deutsche Texte des Mittelalters, Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Berlin
Index terms: Gender Studies, Hagiography, Manuscripts and Palaeography, Monasticism

As is well known, the Devotio Moderna tried to act 'according to the rule of the early Church'. But in many other fields of late-medieval religious life as well, the Church Fathers exerted a strong fascination. In the aftermath of scholasticism, a new simplicity of thought emerged, in which those writings were preferred whose authority was time-honoured and therefore unchallenged. The renewed reference to these old texts in support of contemporary spiritual life offered possibilities as well as difficulties; both will be highlighted in this session.