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IMC 2016: Sessions

Session 111: The Separation of Church and Church in the Carolingian Era, 8th-10th Centuries, I: Initiative and Impact

Monday 4 July 2016, 11.15-12.45

Organisers:Rutger Kramer, Institut für Mittelalterforschung, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien
Graeme Ward, Institut für Mittelalterforschung, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien
Moderator/Chair:Charles West, Department of History, University of Sheffield
Paper 111-aEpiscopal Guidance Recommended: Correcting the Church in the Reign of Lothar I
(Language: English)
Sören Kaschke, Department of History, King's College London
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Political Thought, Politics and Diplomacy, Religious Life
Paper 111-b‘Superior to the canonical, but inferior to the monastic': Monks, Canons, and Alcuin's Third Order - The Problem of Defining Canons and Monks in the 8th and 9th Centuries
(Language: English)
Stephen Michael Ling, School of History, University of Leicester
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Mentalities, Monasticism, Religious Life
Paper 111-cGood Monks, Bad Monks / Good Pastors, Bad Pastors: Fulda and the Impact of Reform
(Language: English)
Johanna Jebe, Graduiertenkolleg 1662 'Religiöses Wissen im vormodernen Europa (800–1800)', Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Hagiography, Monasticism, Religious Life

The first session of this strand will look at one of the key ways ecclesiastical correctio took shape and was subsequently renewed and refashioned during the Carolingian period. To begin with a view of correctio from the imperial court, Sören Kaschke will examine Lothar I's reforming efforts in the so-called middle kingdom from the 830s onwards, arguing that Lothar had to find a balance between offering an alternative to Louis the Pious' governance and accommodating traits from his father's reforming endeavour. Stephen Ling will then discuss the reference to the three ordines subjected to the authority of a bishop in the writings of Alcuin, focusing especially on the elusive reference to a 'third order' between clerical and monastic communities, in order to shed light on the broader problems of defining canons and monks in the eighth and ninth centuries. In the final paper, Johanna Jebe will consider reform not only as a court-driven initiative, but also as a central mode of elite thought, in order to assess how correctio shaped the way individuals and groups in 9th-century Fulda reflected on what it entailed to be a (good) monk.

N.B. This session has been organized by two people. The second is Rutger Kramer. Affiliation: Institut für Mittelalterforschung, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften. Email Address: