Micol LongUniversity of Padua · Department of Cultural Heritage
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While medieval learning has long been the object of scholarly attention, ‘horizontal learning’ – that is, knowledge transmitted and acquired in a context of informal interactions, to which traditional categories such as ‘teachers’ and ‘disciples’ do not necessarily apply – remains little studied. To f ill this gap, this volume builds on ideas formu...
The thought of Adam, second abbot of the Cistercian monastery of Perseigne between 1188 and 1221, is attested to us by his sermons and by a letter-collection. In the latter, which will be analyzed here, the theme of learning emerges as a crucial one. His ideas have been labelled as "characteristically Cistercian"; however, this study aims to highli...
The theme of learning in high medieval monasteries can be approached by analysing such contexts as “communities of practice” on the basis of preserved monastic letters and letter-collections. The letters' propagandistic function makes it extremely interesting to analyse the ways in which they represent learning in order to serve different purposes:...
Through the comparative analysis of Latin letters of recommendation written by five high ranking twelfth-century religious men (Bernard of Clairvaux, Peter the Venerable, Peter of Celle, Gilbert Foliot, John of Salisbury), this study aims to show that the praises contained in these letters are not completely independent from any characteristics of...
«Dear friend, I am writing this letter to you in my own hand...». Such are the declarations of medieval authors whose texts are here collected and analyzed. In a world where the vast majority of intellectuals did not write with their own hand, but rather employed a secretary who wrote under dictation, the epistolary milieu was one of the contexts i...
Si ritiene a volte che l'invenzione della stampa abbia innescato il cambiamento nel modo di concepire l'oggetto libro, segnando il passaggio dall'idea medievale a quella moderna. Occorre però tenere presente che esiste un'importante evoluzione interna al medioevo e che l'invenzione della stampa, per quanto fondamentale, è da inserire all'interno di...
The research aims to fill a gap in the field of medieval letter-writing and cultural medieval history by analysing the genre of the “letters of recommendation”, a source that hasn't received much attention and which can be very rich. Moreover, an analysis of the conception of intellectual work appears to be of topical interest. Analysing the cases of young men who, through adherence to religious life, gained career opportunities otherwise impossible, sometimes associating themselves with the top levels of society, travelling around all of Europe and leaving traces for posterity, allows to catch a glimpse of an often overlooked aspect of high medieval society, more mobile than it is generally thought to be - and also offers stimuli for reflection on the present day.
This project will re-evaluate intra-religious mobility – understood as the phenomenon of transitioning from one Christian religious order to another – in a period (1050-1230) when the growing variety of forms of religious life, with its potential for greater intra-religious fluidity, was matched by an opposite tendency to prevent or limit transitus – as it was called – and to tighten the boundaries between orders. Through an integrated analysis of different types of sources, and in particular by juxtaposing polemical and legal texts, which discuss transitus in an abstract way, and attestations of real-life cases of transitions in sources such as letters, lives and chronicles, the project aims to challenge the dominant interpretative paradigm for transitus, according to which it involved a radical conversion which completely transformed the individuals’ identity and reoriented their institutional, ideological and personal loyalties. It will demonstrate the hitherto little acknowledged influence of past religious memberships on the individuals’ perception of themselves and of others, on their social contacts, skills, knowledges, behavior and mindset.