IMC 2015: Sessions

Session 517: Change and Continuity in High Medieval Monasteries, I: Sanctity, Saints, and the Saint-Seekers

Tuesday 7 July 2015, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:Graduate Centre of Medieval Studies, University of Reading
Organiser:Ruth Salter, Graduate Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Reading
Moderator/Chair:Harriet Mahood, Graduate Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Reading
Paper 517-aThe Curse and the Cure: The Impact of Learned Medicine on Hagiographical Representations of Insanity in 12th-Century England
(Language: English)
Claire Trenery, Department of History, Royal Holloway, University of London
Index terms: Hagiography, Medicine, Monasticism
Paper 517-bLeprosy and Sainthood in the High Middle Ages
(Language: English)
Katie Phillips, Graduate Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Reading
Index terms: Lay Piety, Monasticism, Religious Life
Paper 517-cFrom Urbanist to Reformed: Colettine Reforms in 15th-Century France
(Language: English)
Anna Campbell, Graduate Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Reading
Index terms: Hagiography, Monasticism, Women's Studies
Abstract

Monasteries were an undeniable stalwart of the Middle Ages, influencing all aspects of life. However, the Church did not remain static within the medieval environment. Over the centuries all aspects of religion developed, affected by, and affecting, the surrounding societies. This panel, one of two, considers the saints and the sacred, and the ‘saint-seekers’. How were past practices sustained and new ones adapted to, and how this affected not only the inhabitant monastic communities but lay society too? This two-panel series, ‘Continuity and Change in High Medieval Monasteries’, is in celebration of the University of Reading’s GCMS 50th Anniversary.