Publication – « Medieval Liège at the Crossroads of Europe Monastic Society and Culture, 1000–1300 », éd. Steven Vanderputten, Tjamke Snijders et Jay Diehl

During the high Middle Ages, the bishopric of Liège found itself at a cultural crossroads between the German Empire and the French lordships. The Liègeois themselves summed up the situation when they declared that: ‘Gaul considers us its most distant inhabitants, Germany as nearby citizens. In fact we are neither, but both at the same time’. This same complexity is also echoed by present-day historians, who have described Liège as a hub of interactions between two great civilisations. Medieval monastic communities in Liège were key sites of this exchange, actively participating in the cultural developments, social networks, and political structures of both regions.

Bringing together the work of international scholars, this collection of essays addresses the problem of monastic identity and its formation in a region that was geographically wedged between two major competing socio-political powers. It investigates how monastic communities negotiated the uncertainties of this situation, while also capitalizing on the opportunities it presented. As such, this book sheds light on the agency of monastic identity formation in a small but complex region caught at the crossroads of two major powers.

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Table des matières :

Tjamke Snijders, Jay Diehl, and Steven Vanderputten – Introduction

Helena Vanommeslaeghe – Wandering Abbots, Abbatial Mobility, and stabilitas loci in Eleventh-Century Lotharingia and Flanders
Nicolas Schroeder – Imperial Abbacy Meets French Lordship: Stavelot-Malmedy and the County of Luxembourg under Thibaut of Bar and Ermesinde (1197-1247)
Klaus Krönert – Between Identity, History, and Rivalry: Hagiographic Legends in Trier, Cologne, and Liège
Tjamke Snijders – Near Neighbors, Distant Brothers: The Inter-monastic Networks of Benedictine Houses in the Southern Low Countries (900-1200)
Diane Reilly – Reims, Liège, and Institutional Reform in the Central Middle Ages: Flavius Josephus as a Father of the Church
Jay Diehl – Masters and Schools at St.-Laurent: Rupert of Deutz and the Scholastic Culture of a Liègeois Monastery
Ortwin Huysmans – The Investiture Controversy in the Diocese of Liège Reconsidered: An Inquiry in the Positions of the Abbeys of Saint-Hubert and Saint-Laurent and the Canonist Alger of Liège (1091-1106)
Brigitte Meijns – Between the Empire and the Reform Papacy: The Abbey of Saint-Hubert and the Impact of its Papal Bull (1074) on Ecclesiastical Tradition and Monastic Identity in the Diocese of Liège
Michel Margue – Identités monastiques dans un monde bouleversé: Représentations identitaires dans la Chronique de Saint-Hubert, dite Cantatorium (diocèse de Liège, début XII siècle)
Sara Moens – The mulieres religiosae, Daughters of Hildegard of Bingen? Interfaces Between a Benedictine Visionary, the Cistercians of Villers, and the Spiritual Women of Liège
John Van Engen – The Religious Women of Liège at the Turn of the Thirteenth Century

Alexis Wilkin – Conclusion

Informations pratiques :
Steven Vanderputten, Tjamke Snijders et Jay Diehl (éd.), Medieval Liège at the Crossroads of Europe Monastic Society and Culture, 1000–1300, Turnhout, Brepols, 2017 (Medieval Church Studies, 37). XXIII+381 p., 13 b/w ill. + 3 Maps, 8 b/w tables, 156 x 234 mm. ISBN: 978-2-503-54540-0. Prix : 100 euros.

Source : Brepols

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