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IMC 2023: Sessions

Session 1304: Warfare and the Church, c. 1000-1300, II: Interactions

Wednesday 5 July 2023, 16.30-18.00

Organisers:Alastair Forbes, Department of History, Durham University
Grant Jones, Department of History, Durham University
Moderator/Chair:Tim Martin, Department of History, University of Miami, Florida
Paper 1304-aVolodymyr Monomakh and the Kipchaks: Holy War or Political Confrontation?
(Language: English)
Andrii Kepsha, Department of Archaeology, Ethnology & Cultural Studies, Uzhhorod National University
Index terms: Crusades, Military History, Religious Life
Paper 1304-bPower, Patronage, and the Clerical Ideal in Early 12th-Century England: A Case Study of Robert of Gloucester and William of Malmesbury
(Language: English)
Kathy Bader, Department of History, Durham University
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Politics and Diplomacy, Science
Paper 1304-cEquipping the Knight for Heaven: Spiritual Arming in Robert Grosseteste's Letter to Richard Marshal
(Language: English)
Grant Jones, Department of History, Durham University
Index terms: Education, Lay Piety, Sermons and Preaching

This session explores the political and educational relationships between the Church and elite aristocratic warriors and rulers in different parts of Europe over the 11th to 13th centuries. Each paper focuses on a lay individual and their interactions with the institutions and key figures of the Church: Holy War and exemplary living in the Rus' leader Volodymyr Monomakh's confrontations with the nomadic Kipchaks of the steppes, the relationship between milites (knights) and literary patronage in William of Malmesbury's portrayal of Henry I of England, and the knight as spiritual warfare allegory in Robert Grosseteste's edifying letter to Richard Marshal.