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IMC 2019: Sessions

Session 209: Security Problems in the Late Middle Ages, I

Monday 1 July 2019, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Sonderforschungsbereich Transregio 138 'Dynamics of Security', Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen / Philipps-Universität Marburg
Organiser:Christine Reinle, Historisches Institut, Justus-Liebig-Universität, Gießen
Moderator/Chair:Felicitas Schmieder, Historisches Institut, FernUniversität Hagen
Paper 209-a'Na vayne carpynge': Virtue and Social Control in the Speculum Vitae and the Somme le Roi
(Language: English)
Krista A. Murchison, Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen, Universiteit Leiden
Index terms: Political Thought, Religious Life, Social History, Theology
Paper 209-bBetween Sin and Legitimate Punishment: Revenge in Theological Discourses of the Late Middle Ages
(Language: English)
Anna-Lena Wendel, Institut für Deutsche Landesgeschichte, Justus-Liebig-University Gießen
Index terms: Law, Political Thought, Social History, Theology
Paper 209-cThe Deadly Sin of Anger and Its Social Consequences in the Summa de virtutibus et vitiis of William Perault and in German Catechetical Texts Depending on Perault
(Language: English)
Christine Reinle, Historisches Institut, Justus-Liebig-Universität, Gießen
Index terms: Lay Piety, Political Thought, Religious Life

'Security' is a political key concept in modern times. Although it was preferred in the medieval discourse to talk about 'peace' and 'justice' instead of security, the need to provide safety for the individual and for the society as a whole was given to a large extent. Not only political or legal but also religious discourses made a significant contribution to defining social security problems and to proposing measures for improving the security situation. In that respect 'social sins' like avarice or wrath and revenge are of particular importance, because they endangered the social cohesion and might provoke a divine punishment. The papers of the section trace the theological impact on thinking about security in the late Middle Ages.