IMC 2007: Sessions

Session 1211: The Reception and Use of Texts and Ideas, 500-1300

Wednesday 11 July 2007, 14.15-15.45

Organiser:Jesse Miika Johannes Keskiaho, Department of History, University of Helsinki
Moderator/Chair:Kurt Villads Jensen, Institute of History & Civilization, University of Southern Denmark, Odense
Paper 1211-aThe Transmission and Use of Normative Views on Dreams in the Early Middle Ages, c. 500-900
(Language: English)
Jesse Miika Johannes Keskiaho, Department of History, University of Helsinki
Index terms: Canon Law, Hagiography, Religious Life
Paper 1211-bRemembering the Abbots of Farfa: The Transmission of Monastic Memory in Central Italian Monastic Historiography (11th-12th Centuries)
(Language: English)
Lari Ahokas, Department of Philosophy, History, Culture & Art Studies, University of Helsinki
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Monasticism
Paper 1211-cReading Geoffrey of Monmouth in the 12th and 13th Centuries
(Language: English)
Jaakko Tahkokallio, Department of History, University of Helsinki
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Abstract

Through three case studies the session approaches the reception and implementation of texts and ideas in the Middle Ages. Examining a variety of texts in different historical situations, the papers consider the ways past ideas and texts, whether from Antiquity or the earlier Middle Ages, were transmitted, and how this may have changed their possible meanings. Did the medieval readers engage in discussions with the texts of the past, and did such discussions change the meaning or perceived nature of the texts received and reused? Interest also focuses on the kinds of use the texts and ideas of the past were put to, and their roles in these actions.