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IMC 2009: Sessions

Session 724: 'Vita vel Regula': Norm and Conflict in Hagiographic Texts, II - Case Studies

Tuesday 14 July 2009, 14.15-15.45

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:Anne-Marie Helvétius,
Moderator/Chair:Albrecht Diem, Department of History, Syracuse University, New York
Paper 724-aKitzingen between Hadelog and Benedict: A King's Daughter as Normative Reference
(Language: English)
Christofer Zwanzig, Abteilung Mittelalterliche Geschichte und Historische Hilfswissenschaften, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg
Index terms: Hagiography, Monasticism
Paper 724-bThe Embarrassment of Monastic Riches: An Early Medieval Armutsstreit
(Language: English)
Albrecht Diem, Department of History, Syracuse University, New York
Index terms: Hagiography, Monasticism
Paper 724-cRule, Rule Breaking, and Punishment in Lotharingian Hagiography (c. 930-c. 1090)
(Language: English)
Anne Wagner, Centre de Recherche Universitaire Lorrain d'Histoire (CRULH), Université de Lorraine / Département d'histoire, Université de Franche-Comté

The second session in the series 'Vita vel Regula' presents a series of case studies. The first speaker talks about the hagiographic attempts to explain and legitimate the transition from collectively poor communities to rich and economically independent institutions. He identifies both a certain 'embarrassment of riches' and also several dissenting views on this transformation process in hagiographic text. The second paper studies how conflicting parties inside a female monastery could use references to a founding abbess and royal daughter as historical arguments in the convents struggle which religious lifestyle should be followed. The third paper focuses on the conflicts inside Lotharingian communities about rule keeping and rule breaking in the 10th and 11th century.