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IMC 2015: Sessions

Session 1514: The Early Medieval Church: History and Hagiography - Sessions in Honour of Ian N. Wood, V

Thursday 9 July 2015, 09.00-10.30

Organisers:Tim Barnwell, School of History, University of Leeds / Kısmet Press, Leeds
Ricky Broome, Leeds Institute for Clinical Trials Research (LICTR), University of Leeds
N Yavuz, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Moderator/Chair:Julia Steuart Barrow, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Respondent:Thomas F. X. Noble, Medieval Institute, University of Notre Dame, Indiana
Paper 1514-aReflections on the Manuscript Transmission of Eusebius-Rufinus, Historia ecclesiastica in the Early Middle Ages
(Language: English)
Rosamond McKitterick, Faculty of History, University of Cambridge
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Historiography - Medieval, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Paper 1514-bFeeling Saints in Gregory of Tours
(Language: English)
Barbara H. Rosenwein, Department of History, Loyola University Chicago
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Hagiography, Historiography - Medieval, Religious Life
Paper 1514-cThe 'Minor' Monasteries of Old Castile: Unpicking the Early Strands of Becerro Galicano
(Language: English)
Wendy Davies, Independent Scholar, Woolstone
Index terms: Charters and Diplomatics, Ecclesiastical History, Monasticism, Religious Life

The Church and its history are crucial to understanding the early medieval world, and Ian N. Wood has been at the forefront of scholars who, in recent decades, have helped expand and consolidate our understanding of the early medieval Church and its relationship with the world around it. The history of the early medieval Church can be traced through an immense amount of sources from a variety of genres; indeed, the majority of early medieval sources arguably relate to the Church in one way or another.

The three papers in this fifth session in honour of Ian N. Wood will explore the place of the Church and churchmen in the early medieval world. Rosamond McKitterick will reflect on the manuscript transmission of the ecclesiastical history par excellence, that of Eusebius as translated by Rufinus at the beginning of the 5th century, in order to provide new ways of thinking about how the text was read and understood in the Carolingian world. Barbara H. Rosenwein will consider the hagiographical works of Gregory of Tours, specifically the way Gregory thought and wrote about the emotional lives of the saints who were the subjects of his works. Finally, Wendy Davies will address the 12th-century cartulary Becerro Galicano, which preserves non-standard charters deriving from the 9th and early 10th centuries, allowing us to see monastic networks and activities from this early period.