IMC 2017: Sessions

Session 832: Money Makes the (Monastic) World Go Round: Financial Use and Abuse of Monasteries and Their Benefactors in Medieval Europe

Tuesday 4 July 2017, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:Ancient Abbeys of Brittany Project / Monastic Wales Project
Organiser:Claude Lucette Evans, Department of Language Studies, University of Toronto, Mississauga
Moderator/Chair:Claude Lucette Evans, Department of Language Studies, University of Toronto, Mississauga
Paper 832-aThe Costs of Overspending and Exactions in 13th-Century Brittany: The Cases of Henri d'Avaugour and Geffroy Tournemine
(Language: English)
Kenneth Paul Evans, School of Administrative Studies, York University, Ontario
Index terms: Local History, Religious Life, Social History
Paper 832-bCluniac Monks and Jewish Moneylenders in 13th-Century Catalonia
(Language: English)
Karen Stöber, Departament d'Història, Universitat de Lleida
Index terms: Local History, Monasticism, Religious Life, Social History
Paper 832-cMaking Ends Meet (or Not): Financial Problems at Welsh Cistercian Monasteries in the Later Middle Ages
(Language: English)
Janet Burton, School of Archaeology, History & Anthropology, University of Wales Trinity Saint David
Index terms: Local History, Monasticism, Religious Life, Social History
Abstract

This session addresses some of the financial crises faced by religious houses and their benefactors in medieval Europe. Paper -a looks at the borrowing habits of two noblemen in 13th-century Brittany, focussing on their borrowing a large amount of money notably from at least one individual, Guillaume Le Borgne – and at least one religious institution, the Premonstratensian abbey of Beauport. Paper -b examines the borrowing habits of a 13th-century Catalan Cluniac monastery whose prior was a frequent customer of the local Jewish money-lenders. And paper -c considers some of the methods employed by Welsh Cistercians to overcome their financial problems.