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IMC 2019: Sessions

Session 1701: English Exceptionalism?: The Late Anglo-Saxon Church in Post-Carolingian Context, III - Clerical and Monastic Communities, Cross-Channel and Cross-Conquest

Thursday 4 July 2019, 14.15-15.45

Organisers:Edward Roberts, School of History, University of Kent
Francesca Tinti, Departamento de Historia Medieval, Moderna y de América, Universidad del País Vasco - Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea, Vitoria-Gasteiz
Moderator/Chair:Sarah M. Hamilton, Department of History, University of Exeter
Paper 1701-aEnglish Clerical Communities in the 10th and 11th Centuries: Comparisons with the Post-Carolingian World
(Language: English)
Julia Steuart Barrow, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Index terms: Canon Law, Ecclesiastical History, Monasticism, Religious Life
Paper 1701-bOld English in the Liturgy in Continental Perspective
(Language: English)
Helen Gittos, Balliol College, University of Oxford
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Language and Literature - Old English, Liturgy, Religious Life
Paper 1701-cNorman Bishops and Anglo-Saxon Monastic Cathedral Chapters
(Language: English)
Hugh M. Thomas, Department of History, University of Miami, Florida
Index terms: Administration, Ecclesiastical History, Monasticism, Religious Life

The late Anglo-Saxon church is often considered to be peculiar, lagging behind developments on the continent, as in the case of the supposed 'late arrival' of the Benedictine reform movement in the 10th century. In other respects, however, the English church of this period might be considered rather progressive, as in the ability of Anglo-Saxon bishops to transfer between sees, something that was prohibited on the continent until it was overturned in the 11th century. Rather than looking at the Anglo-Saxon church as 'behind' or 'ahead' of continental developments, these sessions aim to place England more firmly into the framework of 'post-Carolingian Europe'. Taking our cue from recent work underlining the strength of political and cultural links between England and the continent in this period, we offer new perspectives on the comparative development of 'reform', monasticism, episcopal power, canon law, liturgy and other aspects of ecclesiastical life. This third of three sessions compares and contrasts clerical and monastic life on both sides of the Channel before and after the Norman Conquest.