IMC 2015: Sessions

Session 535: Renewal and Re-Writing: Monastic Reform and Historiographical Discourse in Medieval Europe

Tuesday 7 July 2015, 09.00-10.30

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:Steven Vanderputten, Vakgroep Geschiedenis, Universiteit Gent
Paper 535-a'Harming to Help' and Affective Reform at 11th-Century Fécamp
(Language: English)
Lauren Mancia, Department of History, Brooklyn College, City University of New York
Index terms: Monasticism, Religious Life
Paper 535-b'From where do saints come marching in?': Reforming the Memory of St Ursula in Cologne
(Language: English)
Daniel Brown, Historisches Institut, Universität zu Köln
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Religious Life
Paper 535-cMonastic Communities in Conflict: Managing Internal Conflict during Reform
(Language: English)
Isabella Bolognese, School of Modern Languages and Cultures- University of Leeds
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Political Thought
Abstract

This session investigates the mutual relationship between monastic reform and historiographical discourse in a wider European context. It combines three papers which scrutinise different scenarios in which reform ideas gave rise to written treatises. These include the writings of John of Fécamp and the historical narrative created around the female saint St Ursula of Cologne, as well as a more theoretical study of how monastic leadership issues could be employed as a literary framework in the production of historical writings.