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IMC 2023: Sessions

Session 1508: Rethinking the Carolingian Reforms Further, I: Knowledge and Praxis from Top to Bottom

Thursday 6 July 2023, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:Rethinking the Carolingian Reforms
Organiser:Carine van Rhijn, Departement Geschiedenis en Kunstgeschiedenis, Universiteit Utrecht
Moderator/Chair:Arthur Westwell, Kompetenzentrum für elektronische Erschließungs- und Publikationsverfahren in den Geisteswissenschaften, Universität Trier
Paper 1508-aReserve, Transcribe, Improve: Knowledge after the Carolingian Reforms in Handbooks for Bishops and Priests
(Language: English)
Bastiaan Waagmeester, Graduiertenkolleg 1662 'Religiöses Wissen im vormodernen Europa (800–1800)', Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen
Index terms: Education, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Paper 1508-bThe Importance of Salvation in Carolingian Royal Advice Literature
(Language: English)
Edward Meehan, Department of History, University of Liverpool
Index terms: Political Thought, Politics and Diplomacy

The editors of a new volume, Rethinking the Carolingian Reforms, invited reflections on the ideas and methods of improvement during the early Middle Ages. In this session, we examine education and its practical outworking, with texts addressed to all layers of society. Waagmeester considers the handbooks for local priests in the post-Carolingian world. Meehan employs texts addressed to the monarchs, drawing out the broader perspective of how they reflect on the moral and spiritual improvement of the whole realm. Finally, De Jong asks how we got here, examining the shifting assessments of Carolingian accomplishments in the 20th century.