IMC 2015: Sessions

Session 1328: The Writers of Reform: Propagating Reform Agendas in Contemporary Histories

Wednesday 8 July 2015, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:Religion & Society in the Early & Central Middle Ages (ReSoMA) / Henri Pirenne Institute for Medieval Studies, Universiteit Gent
Organiser:Benjamin Pohl, Vakgroep Geschiedenis, Universiteit Gent
Moderator/Chair:Laura Gathagan, Department of History, State University of New York, Cortland
Paper 1328-aWilliam of Malmesbury, John of Worcester, and Orderic Vitalis: 12th-Century Benedictine Interpretations of the 10th-Century English Benedictine Reform Movement
(Language: English)
Julia Steuart Barrow, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Religious Life
Paper 1328-bThe Writer(s) of Reform in Early Normandy: Dudo of St Quentin and the Norman 'Renaissance' under Dukes Richard I and Richard II
(Language: English)
Benjamin Pohl, Vakgroep Geschiedenis, Universiteit Gent
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Language and Literature - Latin
Paper 1328-cRethinking the City of God: The Paradigm Shift in the Reformers' Writings of the 12th Century
(Language: English)
Irina Redkova, Faculty of History, Lomonosov Moscow State University
Index terms: Religious Life, Theology
Abstract

This session is dedicated to exploring the cultural and literary dynamics which governed the propagation of monastic reform agendas in medieval historical writings. It brings together case studies on various key historians and monastic theologians of the 11th and 12th centuries, including writers as diverse as Dudo of St Quentin, William of Malmesbury, John of Worcester, Orderic Vitalis, Hugh of St Victor and, William of Saint-Thierry. Together, these studies aim to generate important knowledge concerning the strategies employed by medieval writers when reflecting upon or seeking to promote processes of reform.