A follow up of the symposium

As a follow up of the symposium, a panel Penance and Empires of Sin about will be held at the 20th International Medieval Congress in Leeds (IMC) – 7-10 July

Session 1526
Thursday 10 July 09.00-10.30

In the sixth century a new kind of text originated in Ireland and the Celtic speaking parts of Britain: penitential books. These texts systematically set out requirements for the expiation of a great number of sins and would in turn influence medieval conceptions of forgiveness, culpability, and pastoral care. These notions were transmitted to Britain and Continental Europe by Irish (and Irish-influenced) monastic communities. This panel will discuss the pastoral and social effects of this intriguing development in penitential thought and practice in Ireland and the impact it had in Francia and Britain.

Sponsor: UCD School of History and Archives
Organizer: Elaine Pereira Farrell
Moderator: Roy Flechner

Paper a: Penance, pastoral care, and kingdoms of sin
Speaker 1: David Burke
Keywords: Ecclesiastical History; Hagiography, Religious Life, Social History

Paper b: The penitential literature as instrument of conversion
Speaker 2: Elaine Pereira Farrell
Keywords: Ecclesiastical History, Canon Law, Religious Life, Social History

Paper c: The influence of Irish penitential books and ideas on the European mainland
Speaker 3: Rob Meens
Keywords: Ecclesiastical History, Canon Law, Religious Life, Social History

For more information access: http://www.leeds.ac.uk/ims/imc/imc2014_call.html

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