The Workshops


The University of York, UK

Friday 6 January 2017


Anne-Marie Helvétius, Université Paris VIII: Reflections on the terminology of ‘reform’ in the papal letters addressed to the Franks, c. 600-c. 800

Isabelle Rosé, Université Rennes 2: What was “simoniaca heresis” in the Carolingian age?

Carine Van Rhijn, Universiteit Utrecht: The language and ideals of local Carolingian correctio

Ortwin Huysmans, KU Leuven: Waves, Movements and Eras or Reform. A Critical Survey of Historiography on Carolingian and Post-Carolingian Monasticism

Ludger Körntgen, Universität Mainz: “Monachus regularissimus”, “Homo periculosus” and all the others: Reformers as seen by their opponents

Charles West, University of Sheffield: “We do not say all this with the intention of diminishing in any way the power of princes” – Florus of Lyon and the De Electionibus Episcoporum

Sarah Hamilton, University of Exeter: The language of liturgical reform

Rebecca Stephenson, University College Dublin: The Language of Miracles as the Language of Reform: St. Swithun’s Cult at Winchester

Charles de Miramon, Paris EHESS:  Legalism as a language of change. The Peace of Cologne (1083-1130)

Steven Vanderputten, Ghent University: Summing up/conclusions




KU Leuven, Belgium

Thursday 14 – Friday 15 September 2017


Anne Wagner, Université Franche-Comte: La réforme monastique lotharingienne de le Vie de Jean de Gorze aux Gesta Gemblacensis

Sébastien Fray,Université de St Etienne: Hagiographic discourse and monastic reform: the case of the hagiographic dossier of Gerald of Aurillac

Julia Barrow, University of Leeds: ‘How is the gold become dim!’ Narrating disasters and proposing reform in Carolingian church councils, 840-909

Kathleen Cushing, Keele University: Canon Law on the Peripheries: Narratives of Reform in Legatine councils in the eleventh and early twelfth centuries

Francesca Tinti, University of the Basque Country: Bishops, land and monastic identity: narrative in the closing folios of Hemming’s Cartulary

Eliana Magnani, CNRS-Paris: Re-formes et supports narratifs dans la ‘chronique versifiée’ ou ‘livre des privilèges’ de Saint-Martin-des-Champs (1076-1077)

Theo Riches, University of Muenster: A Series of Providential Events: Brief and Broken Narratives in Religious Reform around the Turn of the Millennium

Edward Roberts, University of Liverpool: Notions of reform in the histories of Flodoard of Reims

Elizabeth Tyler, University of York: Summing up/conclusions





The University of Leeds, UK

Thursday 12 – Friday 13 April 2018


Stefan Bauer, University of York: Onofrio Panvinio’s view of Gregory VII in his history of papal elections (1558-1563)

Joshua Bennett, Christ Church, Oxford: Henry Hart Milman and the liberal Anglican discovery of medieval church reform

Kathleen Cushing, Keele University: Burchard of Worms and His Readers

Gianmarco Giuliani, SNS, Pisa/EPHE, Paris: Reformatio or Restauratio? Cardinal Baronius and the rehabilitation of Gregory VII’s status in the XI volume of the Annales Ecclesiastici

Sarah Hamilton, University of Exeter: summing up/conclusions

Stephen Taylor, Durham University: Post-Reformation views of religious reform in England c.900-1150: Thomas Fuller and Jeremy Collier

Nicholas Vincent, UEA: Reform or Restoration? Hallam and Stubbs on Church and State




JGU, Mainz, Germany

Thursday 13 – Friday 14 September 2018


Katy Cubitt, UEA: Purity and Pollution in the English Benedictine Reforms: language and narratives

Jochen Johrendt, University of Wuppertal: Papacy without theology – a German view of the reforming papacy

Ludger Körntgen, JGU Mainz: summing up/conclusions

Conrad Leyser, University of Oxford: Purity and Sodomitic Danger: Revisiting Peter Damian’s ‘Book of Gomorrah’

Rob Meens, Utrecht University: Constructing canonical authority: Memorialising Gregory the Great in the Early Middle Ages

Brigitte Meijns, KU Leuven: The serpents of Watten. Clerical celibacy and notions of purity in milieus of regular canons (Flanders c.1070-c.1150)

Maroula Perisanidi, University of Leeds: Clerical Marriage and Abstinence in 12th-century Byzantium: Is your Priest Impure or Simply Distracted?

Isabelle Rosé, University Rennes 2: L’hérésie des Nicolaïtes a-t-elle quelque chose à voir avec la pureté cléricale?/ Was Nicolaism a matter of clerical purity?