IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 801: Religious Ideas of Chivalry: Christian Ideals in Dialogue with Knightly Practices

Tuesday 7 July 2020, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:Institut für Mittelalterliche Geschichte, Philipps-Universität Marburg / Graduiertenkolleg 1662 'Religiöses Wissen im vormodernen Europa (800-1800)', Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen
Organiser:Marco Krätschmer, Seminar für Mittelalterliche Geschichte, Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen
Moderator/Chair:Ben Pope, John Rylands Research Institute, University of Manchester
Paper 801-aFrom Robbers to Soldiers of Christ: Knightly Practices and the Shaping of the Miles Christi
(Language: English)
Marco Krätschmer, Seminar für Mittelalterliche Geschichte, Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen
Index terms: Crusades, Military History, Social History
Paper 801-bWomanisers and Adventurers: Chivalric Harmonisation Strategies in Middle High German Courtly Literature
(Language: English)
Alexandra Becker, Graduiertenkolleg 1662 'Religiöses Wissen im vormodernen Europa (800–1800)', Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen
Index terms: Language and Literature - German, Mentalities, Social History
Paper 801-cThe Virtue of Violence: Prowess and Courage in Middle High German Courtly Romance
(Language: English)
Elias Friedrichs, Graduiertenkolleg 2212 'Dynamiken der Konventionalität (400-1550)' Universität zu Köln
Index terms: Language and Literature - German, Mentalities, Social History
Abstract

The impact of religious ideas on the ethics of knighthood was very powerful during the 11th and 12th century; the formative period of chivalry. Yet, the Christian principles imposed on the knights by ecclesiastical authorities have always been in stark contrast to the warlike and courtly virtues of the lay warrior elite. One of the central problems of current research is how contemporaries related and discussed these two different sets of values. In this session, both historians and literary scholars will examine this contrast as a continuous mutual process of negotiation in which adjustments were made on both sides. The session opens an interdisciplinary debate and provides aspects from different sources to the significant question of how the knight’s religious identity was formed.