IMC 2018: Sessions

Session 841: 'Don't You (Forget about Me)': Remembering the Founders of Eremitical Orders

Tuesday 3 July 2018, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:Cartusiana
Organisers:Tom Gaens, Faculteit der Letteren, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
Stephen J. Molvarec, Department of History, Marquette University, Wisconsin
Moderator/Chair:Emilia Jamroziak, Institute for Medieval Studies / School of History, University of Leeds
Paper 841-aA Controversial Memory: The Order of Grandmont and the 12th-Century Lives of St Stephen of Muret and Hugo Lacerta
(Language: English)
Daniela Bianca Hoffmann, Historisches Institut, Universit├Ąt Mannheim
Index terms: Hagiography, Monasticism, Religious Life
Paper 841-bAbandoning La Chartreuse: Memory, Identity, and Narrative Discontinuity among Early Carthusians
(Language: English)
Stephen J. Molvarec, Department of History, Marquette University, Wisconsin
Index terms: Hagiography, Monasticism, Religious Life
Paper 841-cRemembering Romualdian Reforms in the Vita Romualdi
(Language: English)
Kathryn L. Jasper, Department of History, Illinois State University
Index terms: Hagiography, Monasticism, Religious Life
Abstract

The memory of a ‘founder’ plays a vital role in the identity of many monastic foundations. Also eremitical communities of the 11th and 12th century were often inspired by exemplar figures, while later monks would have to ‘institutionalize’ the foundations and write customs and rules, eventually forming orders. To legitimize such changes, narratives were constructed or altered, memories were recorded or ignored, traditions were repurposed and ‘founders’ were created. Presenters will discuss these dynamics which could lead to conflicts in terms of Romuald, Peter Damian, and the Camaldolese; in terms of Bruno of Cologne and the Carthusians; and in terms of Stephen of Muret, Hugo Lacerta, and the Order of Grandmont.