IMC 2007: Sessions

Session 1029: Waking Up Cistercian: Measuring Time and Space

Wednesday 11 July 2007, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:Cîteaux: commentarii cistercienses, Pontigny
Organiser:Terryl N. Kinder, _Cîteaux: Commentarii cistercienses_, Pontigny
Moderator/Chair:Terryl N. Kinder, _Cîteaux: Commentarii cistercienses_, Pontigny
Paper 1029-aMedieval Waterclocks in the Cistercian World: The Case of Villers and Beyond
(Language: English)
Marisa Addomine, Registro Italiano Orologi da Torre, Milano
Index terms: Epigraphy, Monasticism, Religious Life, Technology
Paper 1029-cThe Valley of God: Tantalising Fragments of Cistercian Houses in South Lincolnshire
(Language: English)
Jenny Alexander, Centre for Continuing Education, University of Nottingham
Index terms: Archaeology - General, Architecture - Religious, Monasticism, Religious Life

Fragmentary remains can provide precious missing links in our understanding of daily life in a monastery. Cistercian life in the Middle Ages was certainly regimented, but knowledge of time-keeping is rare. The Villers water-clock is one example; the use of astronomy and water-clocks to tell time and to orient buildings will be examined. Careful study of fragments can also be indicative of larger movements if the material is researched carefully, and Cistercian houses in south Lincolnshire – which suffered more destruction than elsewhere – offer a good example.