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IMC 2012: Sessions

Session 821: Caritas as a 'Rule' to Follow

Tuesday 10 July 2012, 16.30-18.00

Organiser:Ingo Klitzsch, Lehrstuhl für Kirchen- und Dogmengeschichte, Augustana Hochschule, Neuendettelsau
Moderator/Chair:Volker Leppin, Institut für Spätmittelalter und Reformation, Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen
Paper 821-aAnselm of Bec and Canterbury: The Abbot's Caritatis Regula for Noble Women
(Language: English)
Susanne Schenk, Evangelisch-Theologische Fakultät, Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen
Index terms: Lay Piety, Monasticism, Theology, Women's Studies
Paper 821-bThe Meaning of Caritas in Beguine Rules in the Later Middle Ages, 13th-15th Centuries
(Language: English)
Jörg Voigt, Staatsarchiv Stade
Index terms: Charters and Diplomatics, Lay Piety, Religious Life, Women's Studies
Paper 821-cInnocent III: Papal Commitment for Christian Caritas
(Language: English)
Ingo Klitzsch, Lehrstuhl für Kirchen- und Dogmengeschichte, Augustana Hochschule, Neuendettelsau
Index terms: Lay Piety, Religious Life, Sermons and Preaching, Theology

Caritas is a polyvalent Christian topic: not only God is considered as caritas itself, but man should love God and his neighbour (double love command). Based on Paul (I Cor. 13) caritas is taken into account as one of the three theological virtues. So caritas also had a strong normative emphasis on the Christian medieval way of life and society. Covering the time from the 11th to the 15th century as well as different territories, this interdisciplinary session will give an exemplary survey, focusing on monastic, quasi-monastic and papal reception of 'caritas as a rule to follow' by having a closer look at Anselm of Canterbury, the German beguine rules of the later Middle Ages, and Pope Innocent III.