IMC 2012: Sessions

Session 1013: To Follow the Rules (or not): Cistercians on the Edge

Wednesday 11 July 2012, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:Cîteaux: Commentarii cistercienses
Organiser:Terryl N. Kinder, _Cîteaux: Commentarii cistercienses_, Pontigny
Moderator/Chair:Terryl N. Kinder, _Cîteaux: Commentarii cistercienses_, Pontigny
Paper 1013-aCaesarius of Heisterbach: Following the Rules of Rhetoric (or Not?)
(Language: English)
Victoria Smirnova, Department of Ancient Languages, Russian State University for the Humanities, Moscow
Index terms: Monasticism, Religious Life, Sermons and Preaching
Paper 1013-bCistercians in a Cold Climate
(Language: English)
Øystein Ekroll, Institutt for historie og klassiske fag, Norges Teknisk-Naturvitenskapelige Universitet, Trondheim /
Index terms: Archaeology - Sites, Local History, Monasticism, Religious Life
Paper 1013-cThe Mysterious Munkeby Abbey: Some Secrets Revealed
(Language: English)
Kristin Foosnæs, Vitenskapsmuseet, Norges teknisk-naturvitenskapelige universitet, Trondheim
Index terms: Archaeology - Sites, Local History, Monasticism, Religious Life
Abstract

Analysis of the writing style of Caesarius of Heisterbach allows a comparative literary analysis of the question of rules, while new research on Cistercian abbeys in Norway – far from Burgundy where the Order began, the abbots met yearly, and the regulations were discussed and developed – poses material questions. Excavations and documents will question to the meaning of ‘rules’ in the Middle Ages: conformity to Cistercian regulations when possible, and adaptations for survival when not.