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IMC 2023: Sessions

Session 531: Carthusian Entanglements in Mystical Reform and Intellectual Networks

Tuesday 4 July 2023, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:Cartusiana / Cusanus Society of UK & Ireland
Organisers:Tom Gaens, Faculteit der Letteren, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
Stephen J. Molvarec, Department of History, Marquette University, Wisconsin
Moderator/Chair:John Arblaster, Institute for the Study of Spirituality, KU Leuven / Ruusbroecgenootschap, Universiteit Antwerpen
Paper 531-aIntellectual Networks and Authorities: How Denys the Carthusian in his Scripture Commentaries Utilised Thomas Aquinas and Nicholas of Lyra
(Language: English)
William P. Hyland, School of Divinity, University of St Andrews
Index terms: Monasticism, Theology
Paper 531-bEcclesia semper reformanda: Mystical Reform in Nicholas of Cusa and Denys the Carthusian
(Language: English)
Simon Burton, Wydział 'Artes Liberales', Uniwersytet Warszawski
Index terms: Monasticism, Theology
Paper 531-cNew Books for New Ideas: The Production and Transmission of Texts Within the Benedictine Network of the Melk Reform
(Language: English)
Astrid Breith, Institut für Mittelalterforschung, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien
Index terms: Language and Literature - Latin, Manuscripts and Palaeography, Monasticism, Sermons and Preaching

During the Later Middle Ages, Carthusian monks became increasingly entangled in intellectual networks and ideas of mystical reform. This session's papers explore Carthusian involvement in the circulation of reformist ideas in a later medieval context. Instances of reformist entanglement treated range from the creative tensions in Denys the Carthusian's scriptural commentaries, to the role of mysticism in Nicholas of Cusa's and Denys the Carthusian's joint endeavour at the Council of Basel and Cusa's reforming visitation of 1450-1451, to the production and transmission of textual witnesses central to the Melk Reform. Each paper attempts to reconstruct intellectual networks and the dynamics of dissemination of new ideas.