Session119
TitleTelling Laymen What to Do
Date/TimeMonday 11 July 2005: 11.15-12.45
 
OrganiserCatherine Rider, Department of History, University of Exeter
 
Moderator/ChairPete Biller, Department of History, University of York
 
Paper 119-a Sales, Swindles and Sanctions: Bishop Sal·la of Urgell and the Counts of Catalonia
(Language: English)
Jonathan Jarrett, Institute for Medieval Studies / School of History, University of Leeds
Index Terms: Ecclesiastical History; Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 119-b Why Is It Wrong to Use Magical Cures?: Sorcery in 13th-Century Confession Manuals
(Language: English)
Catherine Rider, Department of History, University of Exeter
Index Terms: Daily Life; Lay Piety; Mentalities; Social History
Paper 119-c Did Laymen Know the Canon Law on Incest in Late Medieval England?
(Language: English)
Samantha J. Worby, Department of History, University College London
Index Terms: Canon Law; Ecclesiastical History; Law; Social History
 
AbstractThe pastoral movement of the thirteenth century made the reform of lay religious beliefs and practices one of the church's main priorities, and affected many areas of lay life. This session will examine how educated churchmen communicated the often complex details of law and theology to a lay audience, focusing on three different areas of interest, each of which has left different sources: use of the Bible; magical practices; and the canon law of incest. What strategies did churchmen use to get their message across? How successful were they? And how much notice did the laity take?