IMC 2018: Sessions

Session 1241: Monastic Memories and Narratives: Remembering, Recording, Re-Interpreting

Wednesday 4 July 2018, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Department of Medieval Studies, Central European University, Budapest
Organiser:József Laszlovszky, Department of Medieval Studies, Central European University, Budapest
Moderator/Chair:József Laszlovszky, Department of Medieval Studies, Central European University, Budapest
Paper 1241-aModels for Memory: Peter the Hermit and Inserted Allusions in the Benedictine Revisions of the First Crusade Narrative
(Language: English)
James Plumtree, Department of General Education, American University of Central Asia, Bishkek
Index terms: Crusades, Monasticism, Religious Life
Paper 1241-bEpistolae ab ora: The Matter of the Mongols in Matthew Paris's Narrative
(Language: English)
Zsuzsanna Papp Reed, Department of Medieval Studies, Central European University, Budapest
Index terms: Language and Literature - Latin, Manuscripts and Palaeography, Monasticism, Religious Life
Abstract

Medieval monasteries have played a crucial role in keeping memories of events, traditions, and religious practices. Therefore, medieval studies has always focused on the medieval texts related to the monastic communities, particularly in the context of monastic libraries and scriptoria. At the same time, less attention has been given to the importance of monastic topoi, created narratives and memories. The session focuses on texts created in monastic milieu, which are not simple records of events, but they represent concepts of interpretations influenced by monastic traditions. They often serve a particular agenda or harmonise with the special local conditions of the monastic communities. The papers discuss, how language, written culture or narrative strategies serve these particular monastic concepts. They also focus on the religious and non-ecclesiastic sources of these monastic texts and the interactions created between the religious community and the secular world. Therefore, they represent a special category in the study of medieval memory.