IMC 2018: Sessions

Session 1002: Remembering the 'Other' Virtues: The Importance of Non-Cardinal and Non-Theological Virtues in Medieval Life

Wednesday 4 July 2018, 09.00-10.30

Organiser:Claire Macht, Faculty of History, University of Oxford
Moderator/Chair:Hannah Skoda, St John's College, University of Oxford
Paper 1002-aMeekness as the 'Mother' of All Virtues
(Language: English)
Merridee Lee Bailey, Faculty of History, University of Oxford
Index terms: Daily Life, Language and Literature - Middle English, Lay Piety, Religious Life
Paper 1002-bPeacemaking: Excelling as an Abbot in Medieval England
(Language: English)
Claire Macht, Faculty of History, University of Oxford
Index terms: Mentalities, Monasticism, Religious Life, Social History
Paper 1002-cDomestication as a Virtue in the Human-Animal Relation
(Language: English)
Lesley MacGregor, Oriel College, University of Oxford
Index terms: Daily Life, Law, Mentalities, Social History
Abstract

Medieval virtues were often understood through the scholastic lens of the four cardinal virtues (justice, prudence, temperance, and fortitude) and the spiritual lens of the three theological virtues (faith, hope, and charity). Yet there were a variety of qualities that preoccupied people in the Middle Ages. This panel focuses on these ‘other’ virtues by investigating three less explored virtues: meekness, peace-making, domestication in different contexts. Together, the papers identify qualities that had a particular meaning to broad swathes of medieval society, crossing divisions within religious, social, and legal settings. The aim is to explore more broadly the ways people conceived of and tried to lead virtuous lives, and to highlight the period’s multiplicity of virtuous practices.