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IMC 2009: Sessions

Session 1021: The Edges of Orthodoxy in the Angevin Empire

Wednesday 15 July 2009, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:International Medieval Society, Paris
Organiser:Paul Webster, School of History, Archaeology & Religion, Cardiff University
Moderator/Chair:Anne J. Duggan, Department of History, King's College London
Paper 1021-aOn the Edges of Society?: Leprosy and Christian Identity in Medieval Rouen
(Language: English)
Elma Brenner, Department of History & Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Lay Piety, Medicine, Religious Life
Paper 1021-bCan Material Resources Atone for Spiritual Sins?: How Much Did Henry II Give to Gain Forgiveness for Thomas Becket's Murder?
(Language: English)
Fanny Madeline, Laboratoire de Médiévistique Occidentale de Paris (LAMOP - UMR 8589), Université Paris I - Panthéon-Sorbonne
Index terms: Architecture - Religious, Charters and Diplomatics, Lay Piety, Religious Life
Paper 1021-cImposing Interdict and Excommunicating a King: Aspects of Pope Innocent III's Letters to King John
(Language: English)
Paul Webster, School of History, Archaeology & Religion, Cardiff University
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Lay Piety, Politics and Diplomacy, Religious Life

We will explore the limits of orthodoxy in the Middle Ages, focusing on the Angevin kings and examples drawn from their extensive territories. We begin by looking at the lepers of Rouen, physically removed from Angevin society, but nonetheless playing their part within that society, as a focus for charity. We then turn to individuals such as Henry II and King John, who pushed the church close to the limits of its patience, and who incurred (or risked incurring) penalties such as interdict or excommunication. How did the Church react to these groups and individuals, and how did they respond?