IMC 2007: Sessions

Session 222: Rouen, I: Intellectual Life, Royal Power and Charity in the Medieval City

Monday 9 July 2007, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:International Medieval Society, Paris
Organisers:Elma Brenner, Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge
Leonie V. Hicks, Department of History and American Studies, Canterbury Christ Church University
Moderator/Chair:Daniel Power, Department of History, University of Sheffield
Paper 222-aRouen and the Development of Norman Annalistic History, c. 1060-c. 1110
(Language: English)
Alison Alexander, Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Historiography - Medieval, Manuscripts and Palaeography, Monasticism
Paper 222-bThe Care of the Sick and Needy in 12th- and 13th-Century Rouen
(Language: English)
Elma Brenner, Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Lay Piety, Medicine, Social History
Paper 222-cKing John and Rouen
(Language: English)
Paul Webster, Peterhouse, University of Cambridge
Index terms: Administration, Charters and Diplomatics, Ecclesiastical History, Politics and Diplomacy
Abstract

This session will explore social, cultural, and religious issues at Rouen, the second largest city in medieval northern France, between c.1050 and c.1300. The three papers will examine the city from a variety of angles, considering the annalistic historical works produced in Rouen’s monasteries, provision for the needy within and outside the city, and the relationship of King John of England with the Norman ‘capital’ over which he lost control to France (1204). The session will highlight Rouen’s importance as a political, commercial and intellectual centre, and will demonstrate how these characteristics, coupled with the needs of the sick and poor, produced a dynamic urban society.