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IMC 2015: Sessions

Session 1316: The Church in Western Iberia (León, Asturias, Galicia, and Portugal), IV: Cistercians and Their Patrons

Wednesday 8 July 2015, 16.30-18.00

Organiser:James D'Emilio, Department of Humanities, University of South Florida
Moderator/Chair:James D'Emilio, Department of Humanities, University of South Florida
Respondent:James D'Emilio, Department of Humanities, University of South Florida
Paper 1316-aFamily Memory in Iberian Reformed Abbeys: The Traba Family and the Monastery of Sobrado
(Language: English)
M. Raquel Alonso Álvarez, Departamento de Historia del Arte y Musicología, Universidad de Oviedo
Index terms: Architecture - Religious, Charters and Diplomatics, Mentalities, Monasticism
Paper 1316-bMonasteries and the Aristocracy in Medieval Galicia: The Case of the Traba Family, 12th-13th Centuries
(Language: English)
Francesco Renzi, Institute for History, Universiteit Leiden
Index terms: Local History, Monasticism, Social History

Galicia and Portugal were the first areas of the Iberian peninsula settled by the Cistercians with a series of communities directly tied to Clairvaux. The Portuguese abbey of Alcobaça is well-known for its architecture, library, and close ties to the monarchy, but the broader impact of the Cistercians in these regions is barely noted in international scholarship. These papers consider the first foundation - the Galician monastery of Sobrado (1142), the key role of the Traba family in sponsoring Cistercian settlement, and the royal patronage of Cistercian nunneries in Portugal - sometimes overlooked in the light of the Castilian congregation led by the royal nunnery of Las Huelgas.