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IMC 2015: Sessions

Session 1729: Reform(ed) Narratives: Reform Ideology and Historical Writing during the Central Middle Ages

Thursday 9 July 2015, 14.15-15.45

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:Stephen Church, School of History, University of East Anglia
Paper 1729-aEasily Corrupted Novelties: Matthew Paris on Monastic Reform
(Language: English)
Björn Weiler, Department of History & Welsh History, Aberystwyth University
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Political Thought, Religious Life
Paper 1729-bFabricating History: Making the Battle Abbey Chronicle
(Language: English)
Laura Cleaver, Department of History of Art & Architecture, Trinity College Dublin
Index terms: Art History - General, Historiography - Medieval, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Paper 1729-cSymeon of Durham's Monks: Shaping a Monastic Past at Durham Cathedral Priory, 1083 - c. 1130
(Language: English)
Charlie Rozier, Durham University Institute for Medieval and Early Modern Studies
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Religious Life

This session explores the ways in which reform agendas influenced and changed the production of historical writings during the 11th, 12th and 13th centuries. It combines papers on key writers/sources from these periods, including Symeon of Durham, Matthew Paris and the Battle Abbey Chronicle. Together, these studies will enable us to scrutinise the relationship between monastic reform and literary production on both a textual level and with regard to the surviving manuscript evidence.