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IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 758: Myths of the Early Medieval Church, III: Priests, Their Sexual Partners, and Their Children in the Early Middle Ages

Tuesday 7 July 2020, 14.15-15.45

Organisers:Conrad Leyser, Worcester College, University of Oxford
Carine van Rhijn, Departement Geschiedenis en Kunstgeschiedenis, Universiteit Utrecht
Moderator/Chair:Conrad Leyser, Worcester College, University of Oxford
Respondent:Steffen Patzold, Seminar für Mittelalterliche Geschichte, Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen
Paper 758-aWas Nicolaism a Gregorian Concept?
(Language: English)
Isabelle Rosé, Centre de Recherches Historiques de l'Ouest (CERHIO - UMR 6258), Université Rennes 2
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Historiography - Modern Scholarship, Sexuality
Paper 758-bIllegitimate and Legitimate Clerical Children: How Much Were They Affected by the Celibacy Campaign?
(Language: English)
Maroula Perisanidi, Classics, Ancient History & Archaeology, University of Nottingham
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Mentalities, Sexuality

There are competing myths about priests and sex in the early Middle Ages. Some see the clergy as sexually continent from the 4th century onwards; others see them as sexually unrestrained until the 11th century. This panel looks to take stock. How was clerical sexual activity discussed? What about the other parties involved - the women and children? And what, if anything, changed in the 11th century?