Session733
TitleConfession in the Middle Ages, I: The Path to the Fourth Lateran Council, 1215
Date/TimeTuesday 4 July 2017: 14.15-15.45
 
SponsorNetwork for the Study of Late Antique & Early Medieval Monasticism / Forschungsstelle für Vergleichende Ordensgeschichte (FOVOG), Technische Universität Dresden
 
OrganiserCristina Andenna, Institut für Geschichte, Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz
 
Moderator/ChairAlbrecht Diem, Department of History, Syracuse University, New York
 
Paper 733-a Confession in Irish Monastic Rules and Penitentials
(Language: English)
Elaine Pereira Farrell, Humanities Institute, University College Dublin
Index Terms: Canon Law; Ecclesiastical History; Monasticism; Religious Life
Paper 733-b Lament and Praise in Abbo of Saint-Germain-des-Prés's Bella Parisiacae urbis
(Language: English)
Matthew Bryan Gillis, Department of History, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Index Terms: Language and Literature - Latin; Mentalities; Monasticism; Religious Life
Paper 733-c Manuals for Confession in the High and Late Middle Ages
(Language: English)
Mirko Breitenstein, Forschungsstelle für Vergleichende Ordensgeschichte (FOVOG), Technische Universität Dresden
Index Terms: Ecclesiastical History; Monasticism; Religious Life; Theology
 
AbstractIn his History of Sexuality, Michel Foucault described confession as the predominant way of producing knowledge in Western societies. The Western individual is, as he describes it, a 'confessing animal'. Despite the increasing interest in penance and penitential literature, the medieval origins of confession, the transformation of confessional practices and the role of confession as a textual technique have hardly been studied systematically. We hope that the two sessions on confession form the beginning of a collaborative endeavour to explore the origins of confession as a religious and literary practice. Undoubtedly the Fourth Lateran Council (1215) with his famous clause Omnis utriusque sexus formed a turning point in the history of confession. The first session focuses on confessional texts and textual practices rooting in the pre-1215 world, the second session focuses on confessional practices emerging after the Council that imposed on every Christian to confess at least once every year.