Session1542
TitleMeanings of Love in the 12th Century
Date/TimeThursday 7 July 2022: 09.00-10.30
 
OrganiserMeghan Woolley, Department of History, Duke University, North Carolina
 
Moderator/ChairWojtek Jezierski, Historiska institutionen, Stockholms universitet
 
Paper 1542-a Delight and Affliction: Love, Theology, and the Cross in the 12th Century
(Language: English)
C. Matthew Phillips, Department of History, Concordia University, Nebraska
Index Terms: Biblical Studies; Learning (The Classical Inheritance); Sermons and Preaching; Theology
Paper 1542-b Brought Together out of Love: Love and Friendship in Leges Henrici Primi
(Language: English)
Meghan Woolley, Department of History, Duke University, North Carolina
Index Terms: Law; Political Thought; Politics and Diplomacy; Social History
 
AbstractThe 12th century has been called the 'age of love', but 'age of loves' might be more accurate. Love in the 12th century encompassed a varied range of vocabulary and social significations. The papers in this session consider what love means within theology, ritual, and law, showing the different ways love functioned while also highlighting areas of overlap. The first paper will consider how 12th-century theologians oriented devotion around the nature of love. The final paper will analyze how the language of love and friendship characterized legal agreements within 12th-century English law.