Medieval Liège at the Crossroads of Europe : monastic society and culture, 1000-1300

VANDERPUTTEN Steven (ed.), SNIJDERS Tjamke (ed.), DIEHL Jay (ed.)
Medieval Liège at the crossroads of Europe : monastic society and culture, 1000-1300
Turnhout : Brepols, 2017, 377 p.
Collection Medieval Church Studies ; 37
ISBN 978-2-503-54540-0

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Résumé éditeur :

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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