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IMC 2009: Sessions

Session 620: 'Vita vel Regula': Norm and Conflict in Hagiographic Texts, I - Early Medieval Monasticism

Tuesday 14 July 2009, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Department of History, Syracuse University, New York / Lehrstuhl für Mittelalterliche Geschichte, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität, Erlangen-Nürnberg / Département d'Histoire, Université de Paris VIII - Vincennes-Saint-Denis
Organiser:Albrecht Diem, Department of History, Syracuse University, New York
Moderator/Chair:Albrecht Diem, Department of History, Syracuse University, New York
Paper 620-aNorm and Conflict in the Vita Patrum Iurensium
(Language: English)
Anne-Marie Helvétius,
Index terms: Hagiography, Monasticism
Paper 620-bMonastic Normativity: The Anglo-Saxon Impact
(Language: English)
John-Henry Clay, Institute of Medieval & Early Modern Studies, Durham University
Index terms: Hagiography, Monasticism
Paper 620-cEmotional Norms and 9th-Century Monasticism: Lupus of Ferrières's Hagiography
(Language: English)
Thomas Greene, Department of History, Loyola University Chicago
Index terms: Hagiography, Monasticism

This session forms part of a triple session on the topic of hagiographic texts as medium to express norms, rules and to depict and resolve conflicts within monastic communities or between a community and the outside world. One specific aim is to compare the monastic worlds of different regions and periods.
The first two papers compare the evidence of monastic normativity in hagiography of 6th-century Gaul and in Anglo Saxon England. Anne-Marie Helvétius will focus on the Vita (or rather vita vel regula) Patrum Iurensium, one of the central early monastic hagiographic works, which combines narrative and normative elements in a unique way. John Clay's paper explores the extent and nature of monasticism in Anglo-Saxon England from the mid-7th to the mid-8th century.