Session Title

Religious Life in High Medieval Liège

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Special Session

Organizer Name

Barbara Zimbalist

Organizer Affiliation

Univ. of Texas-El Paso

Presider Name

Barbara Zimbalist

Paper Title 1

Reading Sanctity: Hagiographic Rhetoric and the Holy Women of Liège

Presenter 1 Name

Jessica Barr

Presenter 1 Affiliation

Eureka College

Paper Title 2

Theater of Cruelty: Elizabeth of Spalbeek's One-Woman Passion Show

Presenter 2 Name

Murrielle Michaud

Presenter 2 Affiliation

Wilfrid Laurier Univ.

Paper Title 3

The Legacy of Liège in Later Medieval England: The Middle English Translation of James of Vitry's Vita of Mary of Oignies

Presenter 3 Name

Jonathan Juilfs

Presenter 3 Affiliation

Redeemer Univ. College

Paper Title 4

Marie of Oignies, Spiritual "Star" of Thirteenth-Century Liège

Presenter 4 Name

Alicia Spencer-Hall

Presenter 4 Affiliation

Univ. College London

Start Date

14-5-2015 1:30 PM

Session Location

Fetzer 1010

Description

During the twelfth and thirteenth centuries the diocese of Liège was home to a vast array of religious innovation and reform. As a principality ruled by prince-bishops, the region hosted a large and mobile population of religious, devout laypersons, and clerics. This diverse religiosity and dynamic population created a multivalent religious environment that found expression in new lay movements such as the Beguines, the rapid proliferation of monastic reform movements such as the Cistercians, and ecclesiastical innovations such as the feast and office of Corpus Christi. Enthusiasm for participation in these new forms of religious life suffused Liègeois society, encompassing men and women from diverse religiosities including the beguines serving the indigent, sick, and poor; the monks writing innovative vitae celebrating--sometimes even in collaboration with--local mulieres religiosae; and the clerics striving to expand the liturgy far beyond their regional borders. Yet apart from a few oft-cited essay collections, there is still very little scholarly attention focused on the broad spectrum of religious life during this innovative and dynamic period of Liègeois history--and its impact in subsequent centuries. This panel invites new work from scholars in all disciplines on any aspect of religious life in high-medieval Liège and its legacy

Barbara Zimbalist

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May 14th, 1:30 PM

Religious Life in High Medieval Liège

Fetzer 1010

During the twelfth and thirteenth centuries the diocese of Liège was home to a vast array of religious innovation and reform. As a principality ruled by prince-bishops, the region hosted a large and mobile population of religious, devout laypersons, and clerics. This diverse religiosity and dynamic population created a multivalent religious environment that found expression in new lay movements such as the Beguines, the rapid proliferation of monastic reform movements such as the Cistercians, and ecclesiastical innovations such as the feast and office of Corpus Christi. Enthusiasm for participation in these new forms of religious life suffused Liègeois society, encompassing men and women from diverse religiosities including the beguines serving the indigent, sick, and poor; the monks writing innovative vitae celebrating--sometimes even in collaboration with--local mulieres religiosae; and the clerics striving to expand the liturgy far beyond their regional borders. Yet apart from a few oft-cited essay collections, there is still very little scholarly attention focused on the broad spectrum of religious life during this innovative and dynamic period of Liègeois history--and its impact in subsequent centuries. This panel invites new work from scholars in all disciplines on any aspect of religious life in high-medieval Liège and its legacy

Barbara Zimbalist