IMC 2016: Sessions

Session 317: The Monastic Refectory and Spiritual Food, III

Monday 4 July 2016, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:Centre d’Études Supérieures de Civilisation Médiévale (CESCM), Cahiers de Civilisation Médiévale
Organiser:Pascale Brudy, Centre d’Études Supérieures de Civilisation Médiévale (CESCM), Université de Poitiers / Centre Nationale de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS)
Moderator/Chair:Estelle Ingrand-Varenne, Centre d'Études Supérieures de Civilisation Médiévale (CESCM), Université de Poitiers / Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), Paris
Paper 317-aSpiritual Reading, Theological Conversation, and Alms for the Poor in Royal Banquets, 12th-13th Centuries
(Language: English)
Martin Aurell, Centre d'Études Supérieures de Civilisation Médiévale (CESCM), Université de Poitiers / Centre Nationale de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS)
Martin Aurell, Centre d'Études Supérieures de Civilisation Médiévale (CESCM), Université de Poitiers / Centre Nationale de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS)
Index terms: Lay Piety, Religious Life, Theology
Paper 317-b'Diabolus est in refectorio': Fighting the Devil during Monastic Meals, c. 1100 - c. 1300
(Language: English)
François Wallerich, Centre d'Histoire Sociale et Culturelle de l'Occident (CHISCO), Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense
François Wallerich, Centre d'Histoire Sociale et Culturelle de l'Occident (CHISCO), Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense
Index terms: Monasticism, Religious Life
Abstract

At the heart of communal life, the refectory was an area where monks gathered, nourished their bodies but also strengthened their soul. How did bells, silence, readings, prayers, refectory decorations such as paintings, sculpture and inscriptions, and ritual work together to sanctify the monastic meal? What were the links between the communal dining room and the church, the place of the Eucharistic celebration and the prefiguration of the Celestial banquet? How did each monastery build, decorate and conceive of its refectory in this aim? Did the relationship between communal repasts and spiritual nourishment in monastic life have echoes in the community of canons, lay society or in chivalry?