IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 1602: A New Look at the Activities of Monks and Nuns in Medieval Europe

Thursday 9 July 2020, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Journal of Medieval Monastic Studies
Organisers:Janet Burton, School of Archaeology, History & Anthropology, University of Wales Trinity Saint David
Karen Stöber, Departament d'Història, Universitat de Lleida
Moderator/Chair:Janet Burton, School of Archaeology, History & Anthropology, University of Wales Trinity Saint David
Paper 1602-aDo Monks Make Good Heresy-Hunters?
(Language: English)
Suzanne Coley, Department of History, University of Southampton
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Monasticism, Religious Life, Sermons and Preaching
Paper 1602-bThe Monasticism which Is Not One: Gender, Deconstruction, and Monastic Reform
(Language: English)
Katharine Sykes, St Edmund Hall, University of Oxford
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Gender Studies, Monasticism, Religious Life
Paper 1602-cFingers, Bones, and Fountains of Blood: Monastic Manuscripts and Their Marginalia
(Language: English)
Harriett Webster, School of Archaeology, History & Anthropology, University of Wales Trinity Saint David
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Manuscripts and Palaeography, Monasticism, Religious Life
Abstract

This session presents new research on aspects of medieval monasticism in Europe. Paper a considers how the Cistercian Order dealt with its increasing involvement in the Church’s struggle against heresy in 12th century France. The second paper explores the presence and absence of female monasteries within narratives of monastic reform, both medieval and contemporary; and the third paper will examine some of the more unusual sketches and marginal additions found in several manuscripts produced in monastic houses of England and Wales, and consider what the inclusion of such details might reveal about the readers of these historical texts and the communities responsible for maintaining and updating them.