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IMC 2015: Sessions

Session 715: Reform and the Clergy, III: Communities, 750-1150

Tuesday 7 July 2015, 14.15-15.45

Organiser:Julia Steuart Barrow, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Moderator/Chair:Maroula Perisanidi, Classics, Ancient History & Archaeology, University of Nottingham
Paper 715-aRuling the Life of the Enclosed Clergy in the Carolingian World: A Case of Central Reform or Local Regulation?
(Language: English)
Stephen Michael Ling, School of History, University of Leicester
Index terms: Canon Law, Ecclesiastical History
Paper 715-bArchbishop Wulfstan and the Canons of Edgar: A New Rule for the Secular Clergy?
(Language: English)
Gerald Dyson, Department of History, University of York
Index terms: Canon Law, Ecclesiastical History, Law
Paper 715-cSecular Canons in the Face of Reform: Life in the Flemish Collegiate Churches during the Spread of Canonical Renewal, c. 1070 - c. 1150
(Language: English)
Brigitte Meijns, Department of History, KU Leuven
Index terms: Canon Law, Ecclesiastical History

Historians interested in medieval ecclesiastical reform have often identified programmes to regulate the lives of clergy living in such communities as reform movements. In practice, this approach needs nuancing. Movements to regulate clerical life might be essentially local responses to perceived problems. The extent to which rules were followed is also unclear, especially in later Anglo-Saxon England. Clerical communities following the Rule of Aachen in the late 11th and the 12th centuries have often been overshadowed in historiography by studies of Augustinian canons, but the extent to which the 'older' communities were affected by newer ideas on simony, celibacy, and communal property is an important question.