This volume collects studies on the role of monastic institutions in the exchange of cultural and socio-economic capital in the medieval diocese of Liège.
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.
Tjamke Snijders, Jay Diehl, and Steven Vanderputten
Wandering Abbots, Abbatial Mobility, and stabilitas loci in Eleventh-Century Lotharingia and Flanders
Imperial Abbacy Meets French Lordship: Stavelot-Malmedy and the County of Luxembourg under Thibaut of Bar and Ermesinde (1197-1247)
Between Identity, History, and Rivalry: Hagiographic Legends in Trier, Cologne, and Liège
Near Neighbors, Distant Brothers: The Inter-monastic Networks of Benedictine Houses in the Southern Low Countries (900-1200)
Reims, Liège, and Institutional Reform in the Central Middle Ages: Flavius Josephus as a Father of the Church
Masters and Schools at St.-Laurent: Rupert of Deutz and the Scholastic Culture of a Liègeois Monastery
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)
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
Identités monastiques dans un monde bouleversé: Représentations identitaires dans la Chronique de Saint-Hubert, dite Cantatorium (diocèse de Liège, début XII siècle)
The mulieres religiosae, Daughters of Hildegard of Bingen? Interfaces Between a Benedictine Visionary, the Cistercians of Villers, and the Spiritual Women of Liège
The Religious Women of Liège at the Turn of the Thirteenth Century
John Van Engen