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IMC 2012: Sessions

Session 518: Rules and Practices in Medieval Germany

Tuesday 10 July 2012, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:Universität Köln
Organiser:Sabine von Heusinger, Fachgruppe Geschichte und Soziologie, Universität Konstanz
Moderator/Chair:Letha Böhringer, Historisches Institut, Universität zu Köln
Paper 518-aGeneral Chapter Rules and Their Realization: Visitation in Female Cistercian Monasteries in Bavaria
(Language: English)
Julia Bruch, Historisches Institut, Universität Köln
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Local History, Monasticism, Women's Studies
Paper 518-bTurning Ideas into Action: Guild Statutes and the Working World
(Language: English)
Sabine von Heusinger, Fachgruppe Geschichte und Soziologie, Universität Konstanz
Index terms: Daily Life, Economics - Urban, Social History
Paper 518-cManufacturing Consent? South German Schwoerbriefe at the End of the Middle Ages
(Language: English)
Olivier Richard, Département d'histoire, Faculté des Lettres et Sciences Humaines, Université de Haute-Alsace
Index terms: Charters and Diplomatics, Law, Local History, Political Thought

The leading question of this session concerns the area of tension between rules that are described in medieval normative texts and the implementation of these rules. Therefore, three areas of research are chosen: monastic rules (paper A), guild statutes (paper B) and constitutions of Late Medieval towns (paper C). All three papers are based on unedited source material and set new emphases on applications of rules. They promise new insights into medieval societies: How do they cope with rules? How do they insure the observing of rules and how do they prosecute offenses?