IMC 2009: Sessions

Session 109: Dangerous Doctrines, I: Heresy Trials as Fields of Negotiation

Monday 13 July 2009, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Exzellenzcluster 'Religion und Politik', Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität, Münster
Organisers:Melanie Brunner, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Sita Steckel, Department of History, Harvard University / Exzellenzcluster 'Religion & Politik', Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität, Münster
Moderator/Chair:Melanie Brunner, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Paper 109-aTrial and Error in Trials of Error: The Development of Forms of Procedure in Heresy Trials against Early Scholastic Theologians
(Language: English)
Sita Steckel, Department of History, Harvard University / Exzellenzcluster 'Religion & Politik', Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität, Münster
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Philosophy, Politics and Diplomacy, Theology
Paper 109-bOn a Dangerous Trail: The German Dominicans and Eckhart's Condemnation
(Language: English)
Fiorella Retucci, Thomas-Institut, Universität zu Köln
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Philosophy, Theology
Paper 109-cA European Perspective: Avignon, Munich, and Milan - Charges of Heresy as Political Instruments during the Pontificate of John XXII (1316-1334)
(Language: English)
Sebastian Zanke, Abteilung Mittelalterliche Geschichte, Universität Augsburg
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Politics and Diplomacy
Abstract

The double session explores the role of heresy trials and condemnations in intellectual and political conflicts of the Central and Later Middle Ages. Starting hypothesis is that in the 12th to 14th centuries, highly visible heresy condemnations of a political nature, as well as trials of scholars and learned traditions, established fields of negotiation: both the limits of potentially dangerous doctrine and of political power were constructed and redefined. This first half of a double session will focus on the development of procedures, the formation of opinion, and the intersection of political and religious interests in heresy trials.