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19th International Medieval Congress - Rules to follow - or not - 9-12 July 2012 - Leeds

posted 12 Feb 2012, 08:16 by Paul Brayford   [ updated 19 Jul 2012, 04:41 ]
19th International Medieval Congress held in Leeds. Session proposals by 30.9.11. All societies operate according to rules, both written and often unwritten. Medieval societies were no exception. Rules affected kingship and lordship; urban and rural communities; secular church and regular monastic life, as well as social groupings, aspects of economic, religious, legal and intellectual life, and even literature and the other arts. People made rules, lived by the rules, and broke rules. In view of the fundamental importance of this topic, the IMC has chosen Rules to follow as its special thematic focus.
Medieval rules were multifaceted. They might be written down or transmitted orally, configured as conventions, and composed as canons, or imposed by custom and usage, be transmitted by commands and laws, be defined by tradition and consensus or handed down by some higher authority. They might encompass an entire society or culture or be limited to one section of society or a single activity. They might have been associated with legal sanctions and/or with morality, and concepts of sin and virtue. They might become differentiated and varied over time, and they were transmitted from one area of life to another. Rules were frequently long-lasting but equally might sometimes lose their validity over time, or mutate into new forms. For more information contact IMC organisers at Institute for Medieval Studies, Parkinson Building, University of Leeds, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS2 9JT, tel 0113 343 3614, email, web