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IMC 2016: Sessions

Session 333: New Directions in the Study of Women Religious, II: Organising Female Religious in the 10th to the 12th Centuries

Monday 4 July 2016, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:Journal of Medieval Monastic Studies (JMMS) / History of Women Religious of Britain & Ireland (HWRBI) / Henri Pirenne Institute for Medieval Studies, Universiteit Gent / Religion & Society in the Early & Central Middle Ages (ReSoMa), Universiteit Gent
Organisers:Kimm Curran, History Lab+, Institute of Historical Research, University of London
Kirsty Day, Institute for Medieval Studies / School of History, University of Leeds
Steven Vanderputten, Vakgroep Geschiedenis, Universiteit Gent
Moderator/Chair:Steven Vanderputten, Vakgroep Geschiedenis, Universiteit Gent
Paper 333-aFemale Order?: Forms of Female Networking and Their Strategies in the 12th Century between France and Southern Italy
(Language: English)
Cristina Andenna, Forschungsstelle für Vergleichende Ordensgeschichte (FOVOG), Technische Universität Dresden
Index terms: Gender Studies, Monasticism, Religious Life
Paper 333-bBishops and Nuns in 10th-Century Lotharingia: The Examples of Metz, Toul, and Verdun
(Language: English)
Anne Wagner, Centre de Recherche Universitaire Lorrain d'Histoire (CRULH), Université de Lorraine / Département d'histoire, Université de Franche-Comté
Index terms: Monasticism, Religious Life, Women's Studies
Paper 333-cProstitutes and Religious Life: Some Observations on Vitalis of Savigny, Henry of Lausanne, and Ivo of Chartres
(Language: English)
Guido Cariboni, Dipartimento di Studi medioevali umanistici e rinascimentali, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milano
Index terms: Canon Law, Daily Life, Ecclesiastical History, Sexuality

The formal organisation of female religious communities is a topic that is often examined within the context of the religious orders, but little scholarly discussion on this topic has taken place outside of this field. This session explores the issue of organisation within communities of female religious that were formed before the advent of the religious orders. The first paper explores the organisation of twelfth-century female religious through the forging of networks between communities. The second discusses the conditions of foundation in abbeys located within the dioceses of Metz, Verdun, and Toul, and how issues such as urban reorganisation affected the conditions of foundation. The third focuses on the organisation of aspects of the hermit preachers’ apostolate around the spiritual rehabilitation of prostitutes, whom were often encouraged to marry as a way of rejecting their identities as fallen women, in the context of canonistic debates over the marriage bond.