IMC 2013: Sessions

Session 826: New Monastic Research: Bulls, Books, and Buildings

Tuesday 2 July 2013, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:Journal of Medieval Monastic Studies (JMMS)
Organiser:Karen Stöber, Departament d'Història, Universitat de Lleida
Moderator/Chair:Janet Burton, School of Archaeology, History & Anthropology, University of Wales Trinity Saint David
Paper 826-aSyon Abbey: An 'Independent' Monastery?
(Language: English)
Elin Andersson, Romanska och klassiska institutionen, Stockholms Universitet
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Monasticism, Religious Life
Paper 826-bPleasures of Reading: Devotional Texts for the Bridgettines
(Language: English)
Leena Enqvist, Department of Church History, University of Helsinki
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Monasticism, Religious Life
Paper 826-cCistercian Antiquaries?: The Material Evidence for a Sense of the Past among the Cistercians in Northern England at the End of the Middle Ages
(Language: English)
Michael Carter, Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London
Index terms: Art History - General, Ecclesiastical History, Monasticism

The three papers in this session represent new research in medieval monastic studies. The first of them will discuss the interpretation of a papal bull addressed to Syon Abbey and address the question of Syon’s alleged independence, asking whether there is any such thing as an independent monastery. The second paper discusses the role of devotional texts in medieval Bridgettine spirituality with special focus on the kinds of reading matter favoured by the medieval Bridgettines and discusses what these books can tell about their religious life. Paper three argues that an ‘antiquarianism’ is present in some aspects of the art and architecture of Cistercian abbeys in northern England at the end of the Middle Ages.