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IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 658: Myths of the Early Medieval Church, II: Rethinking Early Medieval Reform

Tuesday 7 July 2020, 11.15-12.45

Organiser:Carine van Rhijn, Departement Geschiedenis en Kunstgeschiedenis, Universiteit Utrecht
Moderator/Chair:Carine van Rhijn, Departement Geschiedenis en Kunstgeschiedenis, Universiteit Utrecht
Paper 658-a'As the Lord prescribes in the Law'?: Dealing with Biblical Law and Its Problems in Carolingian Exegesis
(Language: English)
Gerda Heydemann, Geschichte der Spätantike und des frühen Mittelalters, Friedrich-Meinecke-Institut, Freie Universität Berlin
Index terms: Biblical Studies, Political Thought, Religious Life
Paper 658-bKnowledge and Christian Perfection in 9th-Century Wissembourg
(Language: English)
Cinzia Grifoni, Institut für Mittelalterforschung, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Education, Language and Literature - Latin
Paper 658-cMargin for Error: Tools and Social Rules for Correcting Doctrinal Deviance
(Language: English)
Irene van Renswoude, Huygens ING, Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie van Wetenschappen, Amsterdam / Faculteit Geesteswetenschappen, Universiteit Utrecht
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Religious Life, Rhetoric

This session will zoom in on alternative ways of approaching Carolingian culture than the old narrative of 'Carolingian reform', that tends to emphasise intellectual culture and top-down agency and favours royal prescriptive texts over everything else. This session, however, starts from the idea that a much wider section of society than kings, abbots, and bishops shared ideals of salvation and wished to 'do things right' in order to attain it. What do we see if 'reform' is no longer the main perspective on the Carolingian church?