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Verba volant, scripta manent: Limits of Speech, Power of Silence and Logic of Practice in some Monastic Conflicts of the High Middle Ages
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Centre for Medieval Studies. (Centrum för medeltidsstudier)
2011 (English)In: Understanding Monastic Practices of Oral Communication (Western Europe, tenth-thirteenth centuries) / [ed] Steven Vanderputten, Turnhout: Brepols , 2011, 19-44 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This article analyzes three examples (St Gall, Fulda, Bury St Edmunds) of conflicts between abbots and their monks in the High Middle Ages. It explores the strategies and means of power , as well as the communicative and linguistic conditions underlying them, which monks used when they clashed with their abusive abbots. The article argues that in those delicate moments when the outside world was involved into the internal conflicts, the monks often resorted to oral and ritual communication rather than writing. Writing was public and therefore precarious while monks strived to control the message and the image the outside world had of them.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Turnhout: Brepols , 2011. 19-44 p.
, Utrecht Studies in Medieval Literacy (USML), 21
Keyword [en]
St Gall, Bury St Edmunds, Fulda, abbot, conflict, monastery, medieval, monk, Pierre Bourdieu, total institution, Michel Foucault, Erving Goffman
Keyword [de]
Öffentlichkeit, Nichtöffentlichkeit
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Religious Studies Ethnology
Research subject
History of Religion; Knowledge and Communication
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-56503ISBN: 978-2-503-53482-4OAI: diva2:411682
Total St Gall. Medieval Monastery as a Disciplinary Institution
Available from: 2011-04-19 Created: 2011-04-19 Last updated: 2011-04-26Bibliographically approved

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