Session120
TitleMonastic Strategies around Borders
Date/TimeMonday 4 July 2022: 11.15-12.45
 
OrganiserIMC Programming Committee
 
Moderator/ChairDelfi I. Nieto-Isabel, Harvard Divinity School, Harvard University
 
Paper 120-a Strategies of Crossing the Borders between Cloister Communities and Adjacent Parishes through Inventiones and the Following Cult
(Language: English)
Monika Gerundt, Mittelalterliche Geschichte, Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen
Index Terms: Hagiography; Lay Piety; Monasticism; Religious Life
Paper 120-b The Bounds of Saints' Power: Where Miracles Happened in the Carolingian World
(Language: English)
Kelly Gibson, Department of History, University of Dallas, Irving
Index Terms: Ecclesiastical History; Hagiography; Lay Piety
Paper 120-c Defining Borders of Ecclesiastical Property: The Politics of Memory in 12th-Century Italian Religious Houses
(Language: English)
Lari Ahokas, Department of Philosophy, History & Art Studies, University of Helsinki
Index Terms: Charters and Diplomatics; Historiography - Medieval
 
AbstractPaper -a:
The finding of relics described in hagiographic sources deepens the identity of cloister communities. This can involve a réécriture of an existent history of the monastery but also the writing of an inventio, describing the finding of a sometimes previously unknown saint. However, cults of saints are also important for the people living in the monastery's proximity and are also an economic factor for the monasteries. This paper wants to look at the strategies, which can be found in the hagiographic sources, the monasteries use to establish bonds to the adjacent parish.

Paper -b:
This paper examines the location of miracles in 9th-century miracle collections. Miracles occurred at varying proximity to relics: before the relics, within the church, at the church's doorway, or further away. This study considers the relationship between the location and miracle recipient's age, gender, social status, type of miracle, and, if applicable, medical problem. It also investigates how location varied according to the time, region, and author. My findings shed light on hagiographers' views of holy power, sacred space, pilgrimage, and relics, revealing how they engaged with contemporary ideas regarding lay piety, access to shrines, and the importance of relics.

Paper -c:
Ecclesiastical immunities have been a classic subject of research in history of medieval religious institutions. Over the last decades, the focus of interest has changed from the formal and static features of the ecclesiasical properties to the more fluid definition of ecclesiastical properties and their delimitation as negotiation of coexistence between different actors and the more active role of the politics of memory of the institutions themselves. In this paper, I will examine the definition and redefinition of ecclesiastical properties and their borders of certain Central Italian religious houses in the 12th century in terms of documentary, legal, and historiographical policies.