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IMC 2015: Sessions

Session 1323: 13th-Century England, IV: Sacred Obligation and Reform

Wednesday 8 July 2015, 16.30-18.00

Organiser:Felicity Hill, School of History, University of East Anglia
Moderator/Chair:Kathleen Neal, Centre for Medieval & Renaissance Studies, Monash University, Victoria
Paper 1323-aFrom Paper to Provisions: Refining Reform, 1244-1258
(Language: English)
Andrew M. Spencer, Christ's College, University of Cambridge
Index terms: Law, Political Thought
Paper 1323-bOaths and Reform, 1258-1265
(Language: English)
Joshua Hey, St Andrews Institute of Mediaeval Studies, University of St Andrews
Index terms: Lay Piety, Political Thought
Paper 1323-cOaths and Excommunication in 13th-Century English Politics
(Language: English)
Felicity Hill, School of History, University of East Anglia
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Lay Piety, Political Thought

The culture and society of the political class of England was transformed in the 13th century. Efforts were made to reform central and local government and root out corruption, while at the same time the Fourth Lateran Council and mendicant orders reshaped lay devotion. It has not always been recognised that these phenomena were inextricably linked. Political reform might be motivated by pious impulses, and ecclesiastical oaths and sanctions were used to enforce reforms. The first paper looks at the Paper Constitution and the development of reform up to 1258. We then examine the relationship between oaths and reform in the movement which began in 1258. Finally, we will examine how oaths and automatic excommunications were used by political reformers.