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IMC 2015: Sessions

Session 120: Risk, Reward, and Trust: The Dynamics of the Risky Venture in Medieval Europe

Monday 6 July 2015, 11.15-12.45

Organiser:Steven Biddlecombe, School of Arts & Humanities, Nottingham Trent University
Moderator/Chair:Nicholas E. Morton, School of Arts & Humanities, Nottingham Trent University
Paper 120-aThe First Crusade as a 'Risky Venture'
(Language: English)
Steven Biddlecombe, School of Arts & Humanities, Nottingham Trent University
Index terms: Crusades, Economics - General, Lay Piety, Social History
Paper 120-bSin, Reform, and Episcopal Charisma: Ranulf Flambard's Credentials as a Reformer
(Language: English)
William M. Aird, School of History, Classics & Archaeology, University of Edinburgh
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Mentalities, Political Thought, Religious Life
Paper 120-cGerard of Furnival: Reaping Rewards from Crusading
(Language: English)
James Doherty, School of Humanities, University of Bristol
Index terms: Crusades, Lay Piety, Mentalities, Politics and Diplomacy

This session will look at how risk, reward, and trust enabled change in the Middle Ages and will do so by looking at individuals and groups as agents of reform and renewal through risky ventures. It will explore these ventures, led by charismatic leaders, innovators and reformers in the Middle Ages, and the mentality of medieval men (mostly men), in relation to risks taken, rewards expected and the trust which must either be won from or placed in others. Broader themes include: Trust in a time of 'feudal' relationships, Risk in a time of faith, Rewards and medieval leadership.