IMC 2007: Sessions

Session 1010: Texts and Identities, V: Monastic Landscapes and Political Structures in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages (ii)

Wednesday 11 July 2007, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:Institut für Mittelalterforschung, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien / Utrecht Centre for Medieval Studies, Universiteit Utrecht / Faculty of History, University of Cambridge
Organisers:Albrecht Diem, Institut für Mittelalterforschung, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien
Maximilian Diesenberger, Institut für Mittelalterforschung, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien
Gerda Heydemann, Institut für Mittelalterforschung, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien / Institut für Geschichte, Universität Wien
Moderator/Chair:Mayke de Jong, Instituut Geschiedenis, Universiteit Utrecht
Respondent:Conrad Leyser, Centre for Late Antiquity, University of Manchester
Paper 1010-aA Monastery between Royal and Local Politics: The Case of St Gall
(Language: English)
Bernhard Zeller, Institut für Mittelalterforschung, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien
Index terms: Charters and Diplomatics, Literacy and Orality, Monasticism, Political Thought
Paper 1010-bMinsters and Monasteries in the Wessex of King Ine, 688-726
(Language: English)
John-Henry Clay, Institute of Medieval & Early Modern Studies, Durham University
Index terms: Archaeology - General, Ecclesiastical History, Geography and Settlement Studies, Monasticism
Paper 1010-cThe Creation of Sacred Space in the Foundation Stories of Franconian Benedictine Abbeys from the 9th and 10th Centuries
(Language: English)
Christofer Zwanzig, Institut für Geschichte, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität, Erlangen-Nürnberg
Index terms: Hagiography, Mentalities, Monasticism

The period between 400 and 900 is determined by deep changes of political structures on a global level as much as on regional and local levels. In the same period the first ascetic communities transformed into monasticism as a powerful institution, or rather into a diversity of powerful institutions adjusting to the respective social and political structures emerging in the post-Roman world. The papers in this double session focus on the mutual influences between changes of political structures and the processes of monastic institutionalization, assuming that not only political and socio-economical structures shaped and changed monasticism, but also that monasteries and monastic ideals had a determining impact on late antique and early medieval ‘politics’ as well.

The first session compares developments in the Byzantine East and in Frankish Gaul but also the impact of monasticism on three eminent political entities of the late antique world: Kai Trampedach focusses on the interaction between monks and the Emperor of Constantinople. Steffen Diefenbach analyses the role of monasteries for late ancient cities and Albrecht Diem examines Gregory of Tours’ views on the role of monasticism within an episcopally controlled Frankish church. The second session compares the Anglo-Saxon and the Frankish world. John Clay analyses the role of monastery and church in the establishment of the West Saxon kingdom of King Ine. Bernhard Zeller takes the charters of St Gallen as a starting point for discussing the role this particular monastery played for regional political structures, and the focus of Christopher Zwanzig’s paper is the interaction between surrounding world and monastic space in the foundation stories of Franconian monasteries.