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IMC 2023: Sessions

Session 1204: Warfare and the Church, c. 1000-1300, I: Conceptions

Wednesday 5 July 2023, 14.15-15.45

Organisers:Alastair Forbes, Department of History, Durham University
Grant Jones, Department of History, Durham University
Moderator/Chair:Malek Jamal Zuraikat, Department of English Yarmouk University Jordan
Paper 1204-aKnightly Lives and Knightly Literature: The Role of Clerical Teachings in the Civilising of Knighthood
(Language: English)
Georgia M. Conway-Russell, Department of History, Durham University
Index terms: Crusades, Mentalities, Sermons and Preaching
Paper 1204-bMortal Combat: Monastic Ideals of Bloodless Warfare in the Early 12th Century
(Language: English)
Alastair Forbes, Department of History, Durham University
Index terms: Crusades, Military History, Monasticism
Paper 1204-c'We'll watch you from here, and see how a bishop fights!': Warrior Bishop and Frontier Knights in the Cantar de mio Cid
(Language: English)
Joanna Mendyk, Instytut Historii, Uniwersytet Jagielloński, Kraków / Departamento de Historia, Universidad de Zaragoza
Index terms: Crusades, Language and Literature - Spanish or Portuguese, Mentalities
Abstract

This session explores the conceptual relationships between the Church and the milites (knights) across the 11th to early-13th centuries. Each paper considers a different aspect of how ecclesiastical and knightly figures conceptualised and presented ideals of each other's order: the formation of chivalry in the Church's Peace, Truce, and crusade movements of the 11th century; the monastic reconciliation of lay warfare and the means they identified for enacting its bloodless ideal in the early-12th century; and the presentations of attitudes towards conflict on the Moorish frontier in the Cantar de mio Cid written at the turn of the 13th century.