Session1007
TitleEconomies of Early Medieval Monasticism, I: Rethinking the Frankish Model
Date/TimeWednesday 6 July 2022: 09.00-10.30
 
SponsorCatholic University of America / University of Cambridge
 
OrganiserJennifer R. Davis, Department of History, Catholic University of America, Washington, DC
 
Moderator/ChairCaroline J. Goodson, Faculty of History / King's College, University of Cambridge
 
Paper 1007-a The Political Economy of Carolingian Monasteries
(Language: English)
Jennifer R. Davis, Department of History, Catholic University of America, Washington, DC
Index Terms: Economics - General; Monasticism
Paper 1007-b 36 Chapters: The Lands of St Gall Revisited
(Language: English)
Peter Erhart, Stiftsarchiv, Stiftsarchiv St Gallen
Index Terms: Economics - General; Monasticism
Paper 1007-c Managing Space in Frankish Monasteries' Lists of Belongings
(Language: English)
Alexis Wilkin, Département d'Histoire, Arts et Archéologie, Université Libre de Bruxelles / Unité de Recherche Sociétés anciennes, médiévales et modernes (sociAMM)
Index Terms: Economics - General; Monasticism
 
AbstractThe now-classic model of Frankish monasteries as deeply integrated in exchange economies and tied to the Carolingian dynasty both politically and economically is based on important evidence, particularly polyptychs and charter collections. However, there is room for further research, especially in relation to how monastic economies changed over time and how monastic economies worked in various regions. Moreover, the model favours exceptional examples of monasteries that owned huge tracts of lands. But how applicable are models based on these mega-monasteries to other institutions? By raising many of these questions, the sessions seek to rethink the economies of early medieval monasticism.