IMC 2016: Sessions

Session 539: Poor and Rich in Frankish Christianity

Tuesday 5 July 2016, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:Onderzoekschool Mediëvistiek
Organiser:Rob Meens, Departement Geschiedenis en Kunstgeschiedenis, Universiteit Utrecht
Moderator/Chair:Janneke Raaijmakers, Afdeling Middeleeuwse Geschiedenis, Universiteit Utrecht
Paper 539-aChristianity and Early Medieval Rural Communities: Inquiries on the Faith of the Layman Through a Priest's Handbook (BSB MS Clm 14508)
(Language: English)
Bastiaan Waagmeester, Departement Geschiedenis en Kunstgeschiedenis, Universiteit Utrecht
Bastiaan Waagmeester, Departement Geschiedenis en Kunstgeschiedenis, Universiteit Utrecht
Index terms: Daily Life, Ecclesiastical History, Lay Piety, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Paper 539-bThe Just Ruler, the Poor, and His Inferiors: Social Hierarchy and Mirrors of Princes in the 9th Century
(Language: English)
Jelle Wassenaar, Departement Geschiedenis en Kunstgeschiedenis, Universiteit Utrecht
Jelle Wassenaar, Departement Geschiedenis en Kunstgeschiedenis, Universiteit Utrecht
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Political Thought, Religious Life
Abstract

This session, sponsored by the Onderzoekschool Mediëvistiek, addresses questions of social distinctions in the early medieval Frankish religious and political landscape. It does so by looking at two extremes of the social ladder: the world of the rural village and the royal court. The first paper discusses the way Christianity was presented to rural communities, or in other words what faith meant for a lay person living in a village? The second paper focusses on the role of queens and their interactions with monastic communities. The third paper links the two together when it discusses views on social hierarchy as they are presented to rulers in Mirrors of Princes.