IMC 2007: Sessions

Session 1129: Cistercian Paradigms, Problems, and Trends: Conformity or Iconoclasm

Wednesday 11 July 2007, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Cîteaux: commentarii cistercienses, Pontigny
Organiser:Terryl N. Kinder, _Cîteaux: Commentarii cistercienses_, Pontigny
Moderator/Chair:Terryl N. Kinder, _Cîteaux: Commentarii cistercienses_, Pontigny
Paper 1129-aDating Paradigms and Problems: The English Cistercian Houses
(Language: English)
Peter Fergusson, Department of Art, Wellesley College, Massachusetts
Index terms: Architecture - Religious, Historiography - Medieval, Monasticism, Religious Life
Paper 1129-bBooks, Libraries, and the General Chapter: The Cistercians and the Culture of the Book
(Language: English)
David N. Bell, Department of Religious Studies, Memorial University of Newfoundland
Index terms: Administration, Education, Literacy and Orality, Monasticism
Paper 1129-cThe Abbey Church of Fontenay: The 'Classic Bernardine Church, Built 1139-47' - Myth and Reality: A Paradigm Dethroned?
(Language: English)
Stuart Harrison, Ryedale Archaeology Services, Pickering
Index terms: Architecture - Religious, Historiography - Medieval, Monasticism, Religious Life
Abstract

A great deal of what we think we know about Cistercian life, architecture, libraries, education, and administration is ‘received wisdom’ that often penetrates the general body of knowledge and stays firmly lodged, even when newer information should have called it into question. Each of these papers will deconstruct one or more of these problems.