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IMC 2015: Sessions

Session 1715: The Concept of Reform in Medieval Letters, Historiography, and Art

Thursday 9 July 2015, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:International Medieval Society, Paris / Société Internationale des Médiévistes, Paris
Organiser:Roland Zingg, Historisches Seminar, Universität Zürich
Moderator/Chair:Gerald Schwedler, Historisches Seminar, Universität Zürich
Paper 1715-aFrom Le Bec to Canterbury: St Anselm's View on Reform
(Language: English)
Roland Zingg, Historisches Seminar, Universität Zürich
Index terms: Language and Literature - Latin, Religious Life, Rhetoric
Paper 1715-bThe Dark Side of Reform: Refusal, Resistance, and Rejection
(Language: English)
Julian Führer, Historisches Seminar, Universität Zürich / International Medieval Society, Paris
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Historiography - Medieval, Language and Literature - Latin, Monasticism

The medieval concept of reform could be interpreted differently. Reform ideas were disseminated by various kinds of media, such as art, historiography and letters, and of course these concepts were challenged by those unwilling to be subjected to a change of their lives. The media and the message had to be adapted to the expected public, be it laymen or clerks. The acceptance of reform was not only a question of personal preferences, but much more due to the role a protagonist had to play. We will have a look on personalities from and buildings in medieval France and England.