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IMC 2016: Sessions

Session 809: Cities of Readers, IV: Guides to the Good Life

Tuesday 5 July 2016, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:Project 'Cities of Readers', Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
Organiser:Catrien Santing, Afdeling Middeleeuwse Geschiedenis, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
Moderator/Chair:Iona McCleery, Institute for Medieval Studies / School of History, University of Leeds
Paper 809-aAlbertanus: An Illustrious Lay Guide for the Good Life of his Brethren Judges and Notaries - Italy, Mid-13th Century
(Language: English)
Marina Gazzini, Dipartimento di Lettere, Arti, Storia, e Società, Università degli Studi di Parma
Index terms: Daily Life, Education, Language and Literature - Latin, Lay Piety, Sermons and Preaching
Paper 809-bHow to be Human in Renaissance Mirrors: Magnus Hundt's Anthropologium and Its Italian Forebears
(Language: English)
Catrien Santing, Afdeling Middeleeuwse Geschiedenis, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
Index terms: Medicine, Printing History, Social History
Paper 809-cOf Bees and Burghers: How to Lead a Virtuous Life according to Thomas of Cantimpré
(Language: English)
Suzan Folkerts, Afdeling Geschiedenis, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
Index terms: Language and Literature - Dutch, Language and Literature - Latin, Manuscripts and Palaeography, Religious Life

The research project 'Cities of Readers: Religious Literacies in the Long Fifteenth Century' aims to reconstruct the impact and the diffusion of religious readership and the making of religious knowledge among lay believers, and to study their active role in this process. This session will focus on how medieval men and women were constantly trying to improve themselves and the quality of their lives. The ultimate goal was to become a good Christian, but often that also involved acquiring the necessary skills to be a good and valuable member of civic society and to work for the common good.