IMC 2006: Sessions

Session 1523: Food and Body Discourses in 11th- and 12th-Century Monastic Reform Texts

Thursday 13 July 2006, 09.00-10.30

Organiser:Emily A. Bannister, Department of History, Keele University
Moderator/Chair:Philip J. Morgan, Department of History, Keele University
Paper 1523-a'Disciples of the Crucified': Peter Damian and the Rhetoric of Food and Body in 11th-Century Monastic Thought
(Language: English)
Emily A. Bannister, Department of History, Keele University
Index terms: Monasticism, Religious Life, Rhetoric
Paper 1523-bThe Food and Body Discourses of the 12th-Century Reforming Elite
(Language: English)
Michele Moatt, Department of History, Lancaster University
Index terms: Monasticism, Religious Life, Rhetoric
Abstract

This session seeks to trace the development of food and body discourses in 11th- and 12th-century monastic reform texts through an exploration of the lives and writings of influential figures such as Peter Damian, Aelred of Rievaulx, Bernard of Clairvaux, and Hermann of Reichenau. The individual papers will draw important parallels between ideas on both personal and institutional reform in Europe throughout the 11th and 12th centuries. This session as a whole will explore the crucial relationship between diet, fasting, and the topic of spiritual perfection within the contexts of the evolution of monastic practice in 11th- and 12th-century Europe.