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IMC 2015: Sessions

Session 1637: Expressions of Mendicant Spirituality in Medieval Europe

Thursday 9 July 2015, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:The Journal of Medieval Monastic Studies
Organiser:Janet Burton, School of Archaeology, History & Anthropology, University of Wales Trinity Saint David
Moderator/Chair:Karen Stöber, Departament d'Història, Universitat de Lleida
Paper 1637-aThe Master and St Francis: Art, Sanctity, and the Promotion of a Mendicant Order in 13th-Century Italy
(Language: English)
John Renner, Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London
Index terms: Art History - General, Art History - Painting, Ecclesiastical History, Religious Life
Paper 1637-bFranciscan Spirituality, Reform, and Territory: The Geographical Distribution of Franciscan Friaries in Medieval Portugal
(Language: English)
Catarina Almeida Marado, Centro de Estudos Socias, University of Coimbra
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Monasticism, Religious Life
Paper 1637-cSpiritual Renewal and Changing Landscapes: The Mendicant Orders in Ireland, 13th-15th Century
(Language: English)
Annejulie Lafaye, Monastic Ireland Project, Department of the History of Art & Architecture, Trinity College Dublin
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Monasticism, Religious Life

This session examines different ways in which the mendicant friars expressed their piety, focusing on three different parts of medieval Europe: Italy, Portugal, and Ireland. Paper -a focuses on visual images of St Francis and the efforts of the order's leaders to promote the cult of the saint. Paper -b analyses the impact of the Franciscan reform movements on the geographical distribution of their friaries in medieval Portugal, and paper -c explores the extent to which the topography of mendicant settlements in medieval Ireland, and the spiritual renewal epitomized by the friars' new form of religious life, relates to changes brought about this landscape.