Skip to main content

IMC 2023: Sessions

Session 1618: Ecclesiastical Networks in Early Medieval Gaul, Hispania, and Italy, II

Thursday 6 July 2023, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Medieval Studies Research Group
Organisers:Marta Szada, Instytut Historyczny, Uniwersytet Warszawski
Jerzy Szafranowski, Instytut Historyczny, Uniwersytet Warszawski
Moderator/Chair:Yaniv Fox, Department of General History, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat Gan
Paper 1618-aSuccess of Many Fathers: The Ecclesiastical Network behind the Foundation of St Maurice d'Agaune in 515
(Language: English)
Jerzy Szafranowski, Instytut Historyczny, Uniwersytet Warszawski
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Monasticism
Paper 1618-bThe Foundation of Female Monasteries in 7th-Century Merovingian Gaul: Female Independence or Male Dominance?
(Language: English)
Susan Phillips, School of Humanities & Heritage, University of Lincoln
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Monasticism, Religious Life, Women's Studies
Paper 1618-cBetween the Lord and the Deep Blue Sea: Relics, Intertext, and Entanglement in the Life of Benedict of Aniane
(Language: English)
Rutger Kramer, Institut für Mittelalterforschung, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Hagiography, Language and Literature - Latin, Monasticism

The session will revolve around the topics of monasticism and hagiography. Jerzy Szafranowski will discuss how the founding of St. Maurice d'Aguane relied on the complex ecclesiastical network. Sue Phillips will focus on women's monasteries in 7th-century Gaul and discuss the extent to which these monasteries were a site for women's agency. Rutger Kramer will take a different look at the theme of 'networks' and show how an enigmatic chapter in the life of Benedict of Aniane on relics and miracles serves, through hidden and not so hidden textual connections, to preserve a particular image of Benedict and his role in the reform movement.