IMC 2003: Sessions

Session 1620: Contesting Ecclesiastical Space in the Early Middle Ages

Thursday 17 July 2003, 11.15-12.45

Organiser:Jason K. Glenn, Department of History, University of Southern California
Moderator/Chair:Jason K. Glenn, Department of History, University of Southern California
Paper 1620-aPlace, Penance and the Right of Asylum in Alcuin's Tours
(Language: English)
Sam Collins, Department of History, University of California, Berkeley
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History
Paper 1620-b'Ad locum sanctum, ad stipendia fratrum': Organization of Cathedral Lands in 10th-Century Aquitaine
(Language: English)
Anna E. Trumbore, Lake Forest College
Index terms: Charters and Diplomatics, Ecclesiastical History
Paper 1620-cSaints in the Fields: The Dynamics of Peace Assemblies
(Language: English)
Victor A. Delnore, Université de Nice, Sophia-Antipolis / University of Virginia
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History
Abstract

In the Early Middle Ages holy places were defined with a flexible set of often invisible boundaries. In the sources, discussion of this sacred topography of place most often occurs in hagiographical or exegetical contexts. Yet, in moments of conflict, it is exactly these rarefied and imagined topographies of ecclesiastical space which are pressed into service in the physical world in ways which are as problematic as they are revealing. Our three papers set out to explore this middle ground where imagination and the world come together, and where the authors of our texts blur the boundaries between the vocabulary of the sacred and the legal at the threshold of the holy places.