IMC 2006: Sessions

Session 520: Rethinking Medieval Italy, III: The Clergy and the Construction of Religious Traditions in Medieval Italy

Tuesday 11 July 2006, 09.00-10.30

Organisers:George Dameron, Department of History, Saint Michael's College, Vermont
Valerie Ramseyer, Department of History, Wellesley College, Massachusetts
Moderator/Chair:Augustine Thompson, Department of Religious Studies, University of Virginia
Paper 520-aThe 'Look' of the Clergy in 12th-Century Rome: The Evidence of San Clemente
(Language: English)
Maureen C. Miller, Department of History, University of California, Berkeley
Index terms: Architecture - Religious, Ecclesiastical History, Liturgy, Religious Life
Paper 520-bWith or without Churchmen?: The Making of Government in Communal Italy, c. 1250-1350
(Language: English)
Frances Andrews, Department of Mediaeval History, University of St Andrews
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Politics and Diplomacy, Religious Life
Paper 520-cReligious Space in Later Medieval Volterra
(Language: English)
Lezlie Knox, Department of History, Marquette University, Wisconsin
Index terms: Architecture - Religious, Ecclesiastical History, Religious Life
Abstract

This panel is the third of seven (six plus one round table discussion) under the general theme, ‘Rethinking Medieval Italy’. Our understanding of the medieval Italian church is currently undergoing significant revision, and this panel demonstrates some of the new ways that scholars are now approaching the construction of distinctive religious traditions. Whereas earlier scholarship tended to embrace an institutional approach that highlighted the conflict between church and commune, new scholarship, as shown in these three presentations, turns to the use of space (Knox), material culture (Miller), and the collaborative strategies between secular and religious authorities (Andrews) to develop a significantly different narrative of church history.