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IMC 2015: Sessions

Session 1137: Between Worldly Objectives and Spiritual Renewal, II: Cloister Reform and Cloister Resistance in Late Medieval France

Wednesday 8 July 2015, 11.15-12.45

Organiser:Annalena Müller, Departement Geschichte, Universität Basel
Moderator/Chair:Steven Vanderputten, Vakgroep Geschiedenis, Universiteit Gent
Paper 1137-aThe Meaning(s) of Reform
(Language: English)
Annalena Müller, Departement Geschichte, Universität Basel
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Monasticism, Religious Life, Women's Studies
Paper 1137-bNot so Grands Jours: Abbess Marie Berland's Exile from the Abbey of Sainte-Croix, Poitiers
(Language: English)
Jennifer C. Edwards, Department of History, Manhattan College, New York
Index terms: Administration, Monasticism, Religious Life, Women's Studies
Paper 1137-cThe Abbess of Montivilliers's Potestas Jurisdictionis
(Language: English)
Tyler Lange, LOEWE Schwerpunkt 'Außergerichtliche und gerichtliche Konfliktlösung', Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt am Main
Index terms: Administration, Law, Monasticism, Women's Studies

In 15th- and 16th-century France, numerous female monastic houses undertook their reform to solve the economic, disciplinary, and religious problems that had accumulated over the centuries. Since the onset of the reform movement, external authorities – foreign abbesses, local lords, as well as bishops – were deeply involved in the reform process of a given house, all the while pursuing different interests. This panel will explore the intersections of religious renewal and external interests, internal resistances, along with the changing semantics of late medieval reform narratives.