IMC 2019: Sessions

Session 1413: New Perspectives on Late Medieval Heresy: A Round Table Discussion

Wednesday 3 July 2019, 19.00-20.00

Sponsor:Medieval Heresy & Dissent Research Network, University of Nottingham
Organiser:Justine Trombley, Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, University of Toronto, Downtown
Moderator/Chair:Justine Trombley, Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, University of Toronto, Downtown
Abstract

The late medieval period presents a dynamic array of heterodox currents and ecclesiastical responses. Often characterised as the age of Lollards and Hussites, this period in fact saw multiple diverse strands of heterodoxy: Beguins and Spiritual Franciscans, Joachites, ‘free spirits’ and mystics, magicians, and eventually witches. How do we make sense of such diversity? Can we talk about ‘late medieval heresy’ as a distinct field of study? If so, what gives it coherence, and what differentiates it from ‘high medieval heresy’? Can we see continuities between the ‘high’ period and the ‘late’? This round table brings together leading scholars to discuss what late medieval heresy represents, where the field stands now, and where it might be heading.

Participants include Christine Caldwell Ames (University of South Carolina, Columbia), John H. Arnold (University of Cambridge), Michael Bailey (Iowa State University, Ames), Pete Biller (University of York), Lucy Sackville (University of York), and Reima Välimäki (University of Turku).