TitleBenedictine Monasticism in an Age of Transition, c. 1150-c. 1250, II: Changing Ideals of Authority and Leadership
Date/TimeTuesday 4 July 2017: 11.15-12.45
SponsorReligion & Society in the Early & Central Middle Ages (ReSoMa), Universiteit Gent / Henri Pirenne Institute for Medieval Studies, Universiteit Gent
OrganiserJohan Belaen, Vakgroep Geschiedenis, Universiteit Gent
Steven Vanderputten, Vakgroep Geschiedenis, Universiteit Gent
Moderator/ChairGert Melville, Forschungsstelle für Vergleichende Ordensgeschichte (FOVOG), Technische Universität Dresden
Paper 630-a Rewriting the Rules: Gender, Authority, and Leadership in Mixed and Female Communities
(Language: English)
Katharine Sykes, School of History & Cultures, University of Birmingham
Index Terms: Gender Studies; Monasticism
Paper 630-b To Reform the Monastic Order or to Create a Separate Order of Monks?: Bernard of Clairvaux' Shifting Attitude in the Apologia
(Language: English)
Alexis Grélois, Département d'histoire, Université de Rouen Normandie
Index Terms: Monasticism; Religious Life
Paper 630-c Good Abbots, Bad Abbots: Benedictine Abbatial Leadership and Authority between the Cloister and the Outer World
(Language: English)
Marco Krätschmer, Institut für Mittelalterliche Geschichte, Philipps-Universität Marburg
Index Terms: Monasticism; Religious Life
AbstractRecent scholarship has stressed the experimental character of order formation in late-11th to early-13th-century monasticism. While the focus of these studies mostly lies on understanding the beginnings of these processes, there has been a trend to expand the discussion to include the period between c. 1150-1250, when monastic orders were first consolidated, legally, institutionally, but also as regards their corporate identity and collective memory. In a second of two sessions, speakers will look at views on abbatial leadership in a context of profound transformations institutionally and shift in the scale of monastic government. Katharine Sykes will focus on leadership visions in adapted versions of the Benedictine Rule in mixed and female communities; Alexis Grélois will address Bernard of Clairvaux' perspective on monastic leadership by means of his Apologia; and Marco Krätschmer will treat contemporary ideas on the abbot's relation to the outside world. In conclusion to the two sessions, the organizers will formulate perspectives on future research in this underdeveloped area of monastic studies.