IMC 2008: Sessions

Session 1624: Rethinking the 12th Century

Thursday 10 July 2008, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Department of History, University of Exeter
Organiser:Julia Crick, Department of History, University of Exeter
Moderator/Chair:Mary Swan, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Paper 1624-aSearching for a Model Life: Contrasting Two Post-Conquest Vitae of St Aldhelm
(Language: English)
Matthew Mesley, Department of History, University of Exeter
Index terms: Hagiography, Language and Literature - Latin, Monasticism, Religious Life
Paper 1624-bOn Medieval Selfhood
(Language: English)
Edward Mullins, Department of History, University of Exeter
Index terms: Language and Literature - Latin, Mentalities, Monasticism, Religious Life
Paper 1624-c'Benedictio frugum': Liturgy and Nature in Central Medieval England
(Language: English)
Tamsin Rowe, Department of History, University of Exeter
Index terms: Liturgy, Manuscripts and Palaeography, Religious Life, Social History
Abstract

The papers in this session present new thinking on three areas which impinge very closely on the question of the 12th century as a period of transition: changes to the notion of spiritual direction and guardianship, to ideas of the self, and to notions of liturgy and ritual. While the main focus of these communications is on English evidence, the questions addressed draw on wider continental trends and their historiography. It is our intention that the papers will provoke discussion and will contribute to the wider debate about the 12th century in England already in train.