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IMC 2015: Sessions

Session 817: Communities of Reform, II: Carthusian Discourses of Devotional Reform

Tuesday 7 July 2015, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:COST Action IS 1301 'New Communities of Interpretation'
Organiser:Sabrina Corbellini, Oudere Nederlandse Letterkunde Rijksuniversiteit Groningen Oude Kijk in 't Jatstraat 26 9712 EK GRONINGEN
Moderator/Chair:Frances Andrews, St Andrews Institute of Mediaeval Studies, University of St Andrews
Paper 817-aModelling Religious Life: The Carthusian Contribution to the Cloister Movement in the 15th Century
(Language: English)
Johanna Josina van Aelst, European Research Council Project 'Old Pious Vernacular Successes', Institut de Recherche et d'Histoire des Textes (IRHT), Paris
Index terms: Mentalities, Monasticism
Paper 817-bFifty Shades of Lay: The Carthusian Institution of the Donatus in Late Medieval Reformist Communities and the Modern Devotion
(Language: English)
Tom Gaens, Cartusiana vzw, Zelem
Index terms: Lay Piety, Monasticism
Paper 817-cReinventing Early Church Saints: Carthusian Perspectives
(Language: English)
Mathilde van Dijk, Faculteit der Godgeleerdheid en Godsdienstwetenschap, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
Index terms: Monasticism, Religious Life

In the late Middle Ages, Carthusians in the Low Countries and Germany showed an increased interest in reform. They pondered spiritual and practical notions of renewal, both on an individual and an ecclesiastical scale: by writing devotional texts both to educate religious and lay people aspiring to devotion, and to reform the Church during and after the Western Schism; and by offering places of retreat into their monasteries to a select few. This session explores Carthusian discourses of reform and devotion, in the context of other late medieval reformist movements such as the Devotio Moderna.