IMC 2015: Sessions

Session 617: Change and Continuity in High Medieval Monasteries, II: Structure, Space, and the Sanctuary

Tuesday 7 July 2015, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Graduate Centre of Medieval Studies, University of Reading
Organiser:Harriet Mahood, Graduate Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Reading
Moderator/Chair:Ruth Salter, Graduate Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Reading
Paper 617-aNew Interpreters of Old Practices?: 14th-Century Friars, Their Defenders and Detractors
(Language: English)
Bridget Riley, Graduate Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Reading
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Religious Life
Paper 617-bGuarding the Gate: The Changing Role of the Porter in the Medieval Monastery
(Language: English)
Harriet Mahood, Graduate Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Reading
Index terms: Architecture - Religious, Monasticism, Religious Life
Paper 617-c'A Separate Room for the Infirm Brothers with All Conveniences': The Development of the Cistercian Monastic Infirmary in the 12th and 13th Centuries
(Language: English)
Tamsin Gardner, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Exeter
Index terms: Medicine, Monasticism, Religious Life
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, two of two, considers structure and space, and the practicalities of the monastery. 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.