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IMC 2015: Sessions

Session 615: Reform and the Clergy, II: Purity and Pollution

Tuesday 7 July 2015, 11.15-12.45

Organiser:Julia Steuart Barrow, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Moderator/Chair:Julia Steuart Barrow, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Paper 615-aPollution and Purity in the Cluniac Reform: A Semantic Study Based on Diplomatic and Hagiographical Documents
(Language: English)
Isabelle Rosé, Centre de Recherches Historiques de l'Ouest (CERHIO - UMR 6258), Université Rennes 2
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Hagiography, Monasticism
Paper 615-bThe Defence May Speak: The Justifications Given by Clergy Accused of Simony
(Language: English)
Nicolangelo D'Acunto, Dipartimento di Studi Medievali, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Brescia
Index terms: Canon Law, Ecclesiastical History, Literacy and Orality
Paper 615-cRe-Forming Clerical Memories in Northern France, 10th-12th Centuries
(Language: English)
Bernard Gowers, Department of History, King's College London
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Social History
Paper 615-dReform and the Secular Clergy in 11th- and 12th-Century Byzantium
(Language: English)
Maroula Perisanidi, Classics, Ancient History & Archaeology, University of Nottingham
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Canon Law, Ecclesiastical History

Purity and pollution were key themes for clerical and in particular for monastic commentators on the church in the 10th, 11th, and 12th centuries. The four papers in this session investigate important aspects of these themes, beginning with a study of the concepts of purity and pollution in hagiographical texts and charters produced at Cluny in the 10th century, and then moving on to a study of the arguments used to defend clergy accused of simony and the extent to which ecclesiastical offices could be bought in the 11th century. Clergy defined themselves in a more homogeneous way in the 12th century, reshaping memories of clerical behaviour to do this. Finally we turn to the question of how clerical behaviour was regulated in 12th-century Byzantium, to what extent this concerned sexual behaviour and to what extent other aspects, such as education.