IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 853: Economies of Early Medieval Monasticism, II

Tuesday 7 July 2020, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:University of Cambridge / Network for the Study of Late Antique & Early Medieval Monasticism
Organisers:Jennifer R. Davis, Department of History, Catholic University of America, Washington DC
Caroline Goodson, Faculty of History, University of Cambridge
Moderator/Chair:Valerie Garver, Department of History, Northern Illinois University
Respondent:Caroline Goodson, Faculty of History, University of Cambridge
Paper 853-aMonks and Their Pigs
(Language: English)
Jamie Kreiner, Department of History, University of Georgia, Athens
Index terms: Economics - Rural, Monasticism
Paper 853-bThe Political Economy of Carolingian Monasteries
(Language: English)
Jennifer R. Davis, Department of History, Catholic University of America, Washington DC
Index terms: Economics - Rural, Monasticism
Abstract

The now-classic model of Frankish monasteries as deeply integrated in exchange economies and tied to the Carolingian dynasty both politically and economically is based on important evidence, particularly polyptychs and charter collections. However, there is room for further research, especially in relation to how monastic economies changed over time and how monastic economies worked in various regions. Moreover, the model favours exceptional examples of monasteries that owned huge tracts of lands. But how applicable are models based on these mega-monasteries to other institutions? By raising many of these questions, the sessions seek to rethink the economies of early medieval monasticism.