IMC 2009: Sessions

Session 218: Heterodoxy and Ways of Knowing

Monday 13 July 2009, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Graduate Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Reading
Organiser:Anne Lawrence-Mathers, Graduate Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Reading
Moderator/Chair:Lindy Grant, Graduate Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Reading
Paper 218-aDemonic Inspiration and the Knowledge of the Future
(Language: English)
Maria Carolina Escobar-Vargas, Graduate Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Reading
Index terms: Language and Literature - Latin, Learning (The Classical Inheritance), Theology
Paper 218-bMagic and the Knowledge of the World
(Language: English)
Anne Lawrence-Mathers, Graduate Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Reading
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Learning (The Classical Inheritance), Science
Paper 218-cThe Visionary, and Knowledge of the Will of God
(Language: English)
Anna Campbell, Graduate Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Reading
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Hagiography, Theology
Abstract

The intellectual revolution of the 12th century made available new tools (mathematical, theological and magical) for exploring the world. Questions such as the date of the Creation, the fate of the peoples of the world, and even the shape of future events, could all be approached scientifically. Such knowledge could also be dangerous, and this session explores key texts and figures to discuss ways of knowing and their attendant risks. Merlin is examined as a historic prophet, English chroniclers appear as students of computus and astrology, and St Colette of Corbie appears as both visionary and witch.