IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 1117: Pilgrims, Scholars, and Missionaries?: Ireland, Britain, and the Continent, 600-900

Wednesday 8 July 2020, 11.15-12.45

Organiser:Michel Summer, Department of History, Trinity College Dublin
Moderator/Chair:Immo Warntjes, Department of History, Trinity College Dublin
Paper 1117-aUnderstanding the Peregrinus: Words from Columbanus's Epistulae in an 8th-Century Glossary (St Gallen Stiftsbibliothek, 912)
(Language: English)
Carlo Cedro, Medieval History Research Centre Trinity College Dublin
Index terms: Language and Literature - Latin, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Paper 1117-b'Er war der erste'?: Reassessing the Political Context of Willibrord's Activity, 690-739
(Language: English)
Michel Summer, Department of History, Trinity College Dublin
Index terms: Historiography - Modern Scholarship, Religious Life
Paper 1117-c'The Wandering Scholar': An Examination of Ethnic Terminology and the Perception of Identity in Carolingian Europe
(Language: English)
Donncdha Carroll, Medieval History Research Centre Trinity College Dublin
Index terms: Language and Literature - Latin, Mentalities
Abstract

During the early Middle Ages, the establishment and growth of ecclesiastical institutions on the Continent was promoted by travelling clergymen from the Insular world, who weaved a complex network of cultural relations between older and newer zones of ‘Christianisation’. By crossing borders, individuals such as Columbanus, Willibrord, or Alcuin exerted much influence on the religious, cultural, and political changes of their time. Modern assessments of their impact have been shaped by categories such as ‘pilgrims’ and ‘missionaries’. By re-considering these attributions, the session takes a new look at the cross-border activity of Insular ecclesiastical actors and its perception by contemporaries between the 6th and 9th centuries.