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IMC 2015: Sessions

Session 1537: Using and Abusing Religious Communities in the Later Middle Ages

Thursday 9 July 2015, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:The Journal of Medieval Monastic Studies
Organiser:Karen Stöber, Departament d'Història, Universitat de Lleida
Moderator/Chair:Janet Burton, School of Archaeology, History & Anthropology, University of Wales Trinity Saint David
Paper 1537-aThe Power of Religious Order Bishops in Medieval Ireland
(Language: English)
Edel M. Bhreathnach, Discovery Programme, Dublin
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Monasticism, Religious Life
Paper 1537-b'New wine in old wineskins': The Parochial Use of Suppressed Religious Houses, 1540-1740
(Language: English)
Rachel L. Moss, Department of the History of Art & Architecture, Trinity College Dublin
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Monasticism, Religious Life
Paper 1537-cBattle Abbey Gatehouse: Monastic Identity in the Late Middle Ages
(Language: English)
Michael Carter, Curatorial Department, English Heritage, London
Index terms: Architecture - Religious, Art History - General, Monasticism, Religious Life

This session focuses on different ways in which religious communities were involved with external parties in the medieval British Isles. The first paper will survey one of the many issues raised by this phenomenon, namely, the capacity of these bishops to influence religious foundations in their dioceses and to interfere in the running of existing foundations. The second paper will explore the phenomenon of the conversion of monastic churches to parochial use over the two centuries following the Dissolution. And the third paper will discuss the architecture of the gatehouse within the wider context of English monastic gatehouses, their various functions and the meanings attached to them by the monks of Battle Abbey and the wider world.