Session 1620: From Funerary Feasts to the Stake: The Changing Face of Spiritual Acceptability in the West
Thursday 16 July 2009, 11.15-12.45
|University of Glasgow
|Jennifer Boyle, School of Humanities (History), University of Glasgow
|Marilyn Dunn, School of Humanities (History), University of Glasgow
|Christianization and Compromise: The Shifting Nature of the Relationship between the Living and the Dead
Index terms: Daily Life, Ecclesiastical History, Religious Life, Theology
|Too Close, Too Soon, Too Feminine: The Abortive Genesis of Insular Women's Vision Literature
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Gender Studies, Religious Life, Theology
|Would Dolcino's Apostolic Brethren Ever Have Been Orthodox?
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Religious Life, Theology
From the basic requirements of the conversion period, through varying responses to visions in the High Middle Ages, to the strict rules that framed heretical dissent in the 14th century, the behavioural expectations of the church about her congregants underwent great change over the Middle Ages. The ways in which these differing expectations were not met by popular cooperation also shifted across time and place, and, in some cases, fringe practices were subsequently brought into the church fold. By considering three examples of spiritual behaviour that would become mainstream elsewhere and at other times, it is possible to reflect on the fluid boundaries of orthodoxy and the situated nature of spiritual acceptability amongst the faithful.