IMC 2018: Sessions

Session 639: Remembering the Past after the Carolingian Empire, II: Learning and Liturgy

Tuesday 3 July 2018, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:After Empire: Using & Not Using the Past in the Crisis of the Carolingian World, c. 900-1050
Organiser:Sarah Greer, St Andrews Institute of Mediaeval Studies, University of St Andrews
Moderator/Chair:Stefan Esders, Friedrich-Meinecke-Institut, Freie Universit├Ąt Berlin
Paper 639-aThe Birth of the Breviary: Reorganising the Divine Office in the 11th Century
(Language: English)
Erik Niblaeus, Department of History, Durham University
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Liturgy, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Paper 639-b'What they should most understand': Educating the Pastoral Clergy in the Post-Carolingian World
(Language: English)
Sarah M. Hamilton, Department of History, University of Exeter
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Education, Literacy and Orality
Paper 639-cOld Books in a New Age: The Reuse of Continental Manuscripts in 10th-Century England
(Language: English)
Robert Gallagher, St Cross College, University of Oxford
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Education, Literacy and Orality, Manuscripts and Palaeography

The 10th and 11th centuries witnessed drastic changes as the disintegration of the Carolingian empire led to a new political order; in this turbulent new world, intellectual practices shifted and changed too. Carolingian learning and liturgical practice continued to provide a rich source of intellectual and spiritual inspiration, but in the new, post-Carolingian world, the use of these bodies of knowledge had to be adapted to present needs. The three papers in this session explore the use of liturgical and intellectual texts after the collapse of the Carolingian Empire to show us how religious and learned men and women understood their own past, which pasts had particular claims to authority in this period, and why that may be.