IMC 2004: Sessions

Session 1213: Bishops in the Lurch: The Formation of Christianity between Cultures, I

Wednesday 14 July 2004, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Medieval Encounters
Organiser:Kevin Uhalde, Department of History, Ohio University
Moderator/Chair:Christopher MacEvitt, Department of Religion, Dartmouth College, New Hampshire
Paper 1213-aRural Bishops in Late Antique Italy: Christianizing a Changing World
(Language: English)
Kim Bowes, Fordham University
Index terms: Archaeology - Sites, Economics - Rural, Economics - Urban, Religious Life
Paper 1213-cCultural Exclusion in Visigothic Hagiography
(Language: English)
Santiago Castellanos, Departamento de Estudios Clásicos, Universidad de León
Index terms: Hagiography, Literacy and Orality, Mentalities, Social History

Medieval bishops were professionally obligated to negotiate the clash between religious and secular culture in the daily conduct of their office, often amid social conflict. While protecting the spiritual and institutional integrity of the church, bishops also attempted to resolve tensions between divergent legal cultures, between competing styles of leadership and devotion, and between contending claims to orthodoxy. In so doing, however, bishops sometimes worsened conflict, or found their power insufficient to bring about change and resolution. The papers in these two sessions examine bishops’ roles in the clash of cultures, ranging from 5th-century Italy to 13th-century Normandy.