IMC 2004: Sessions

Session 1313: Bishops in the Lurch: The Formation of Christianity between Cultures, II

Wednesday 14 July 2004, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:Medieval Encounters
Organiser:Christopher MacEvitt, Department of Religion, Dartmouth College, New Hampshire
Moderator/Chair:Christopher MacEvitt, Department of Religion, Dartmouth College, New Hampshire
Paper 1313-aThe Failure of Justice: Bishops at Work between Legal Cultures
(Language: English)
Kevin Uhalde, Department of History, Ohio University
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Law, Religious Life, Social History
Paper 1313-bLitigating Bishops in Early Medieval Spain
(Language: English)
Jeffrey A. Bowman, Department of History, Kenyon College, Ohio
Index terms: Charters and Diplomatics, Ecclesiastical History, Hagiography, Law
Paper 1313-cFixing Broken Windows: Archbishop Eudes Rigaud and the Politics of Reform in 13th-Century Normandy
(Language: English)
Adam J. Davis, Department of History, Denison University, Ohio
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Monasticism, Religious Life

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.