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IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 1740: Observants on the Borders: Religious and Political Challenges in Central and Eastern Europe in the Quattrocento

Thursday 9 July 2020, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Organiser:Andrea Mancini, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Moderator/Chair:Andrea Mancini, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Paper 1740-aThe Legacy of St John of Capistrano in the Hungarian Catholic Church
(Language: English)
Elvira Tamus, Faculteit Geesteswetenschappen Universiteit Leiden
Index terms: Crusades, Ecclesiastical History, Hagiography, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 1740-bOsvaldus de Laskó and the Mohammedans: The Ottomans in the Writings of a Late Medieval Hungarian Observant Franciscan Friar
(Language: English)
Márk Vrabély, Department of Early Hungarian Literature, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Language and Literature - Latin, Monasticism
Paper 1740-cHeartland and Peripheries of the Franciscan Bosnian Vicariate
(Language: English)
Paweł Cholewicki, Department of Medieval Studies, Central European University, Budapest
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Monasticism

The aim of this session is to promote the dialogue within Medieval Studies on the 15th century involving a focus on the Observant movements in Central and Eastern Europe. This area of research has been largely neglected by Anglophone scholarship in the past and we believe that the study of religious orders can foster the integration of different historiographical traditions. The Observant movements, mostly the Franciscan one, but not only, played and essential role in strengthen relations between local powers and laypeople, Church and monarchs. Observants formed a forefront against the dissidence of heretics, Jews, and schismatics. As papal agents, Observants were also responsible to organize a unitary Anti-Ottoman front. The most emblematic example is the mission of the Observant friar John of Capistrano between 1451 and 1456 culminating in the battle of Belgrade.