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IMC 2023: Sessions

Session 1237: Bad Entanglements: Crime and Abuse in the Early Middle Ages, I

Wednesday 5 July 2023, 14.15-15.45

Organiser:Jan van Doren, Department of History, Princeton University
Moderator/Chairs:Gerda Heydemann, Geschichte der Spätantike und des frühen Mittelalters, Friedrich-Meinecke-Institut, Freie Universität Berlin
Jan van Doren, Department of History, Princeton University
Paper 1237-aPreaching an Abuse into an Illegal Act in Early Medieval Gaul
(Language: English)
Merle Eisenberg, Department of History, Princeton University
Index terms: Canon Law, Law, Sermons and Preaching
Paper 1237-bDriving out the Plagues of the Soul: Transgression and Penance in Lérinian Thought
(Language: English)
Teun van Dijk, Utrecht Centre for Medieval Studies, Universiteit Utrecht
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Religious Life, Sermons and Preaching
Paper 1237-cEntangled in Crime: Societal Offences in Minor Canonical Collections
(Language: English)
Sven Meeder, Afdeling Geschiedenis, Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen
Index terms: Canon Law, Daily Life, Ecclesiastical History, Social History

This panel investigates how crimes and abuses were conceptualized by early medieval thinkers. Early medieval authors and compilers adapted biblical and Roman decrees and admonitions to their own day and age, translating, as Walter Ullmann put it, 'all-pervading' Christian virtues and vices into more practical social-legislative norms. Our panelists will address the processes through which specific crimes and abuses became conceptualized and prohibited. These processes by no means restricted themselves to the creation of social-legislative norms only and our panels will also consider extra-legal processes of norm making that helped ground crimes and abuses more firmly in early medieval society.