IMC 2003: Sessions

Session 515: Power in Practice, I: Exercising Clerical and Lay Authority

Tuesday 15 July 2003, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:Department of History, Seattle University
Organiser:Theresa Earenfight, Department of History, Seattle University
Moderator/Chair:Theresa Earenfight, Department of History, Seattle University
Paper 515-aAbbatial Authority over Lay Agents
(Language: English)
Robert F. Berkhofer, Department of History, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 515-cCompeting Authorities and Contending Patrons: Hugh de Northwold, Henry III and the Politics of Monastic Cult Production
(Language: English)
Virginia Blanton, Department of English, University of Missouri, Kansas City
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Hagiography, Monasticism, Politics and Diplomacy

These three papers take up the problem of the contested dynamics of lay and clerical authority and power in practice. Relying on sources such as monastic cults of the saints and religious festivals as well as legal disputes between lay lords and abbots, these papers investigate the power dynamics in England and France in the High Middle Ages. Whether the strategy involved the courts or the cult of the saints, and regardless of who appropriated which strategy, the ultimate issue of lordship and land looms large in these papers, both mirroring and foreshadowing later conflicts involving church and state throughout the Middle Ages.