IMC 2004: Sessions

Session 606: Canon Law, II: The Bishop and his Office

Tuesday 13 July 2004, 11.15-12.45

Organiser:Peter Douglas Clarke, Faculty of History, University of Cambridge
Moderator/Chair:Bruce C. Brasington, Department of History & Political Science, West Texas A&M University
Paper 606-aThe Death of the Bishop in the Decretales Pseudo-Isidorianiae
(Language: English)
Szabolcs Anzelm Szuromi, Postgraduate Institute of Canon Law, Pázmány Péter Catholic University, Budapest
Index terms: Canon Law, Ecclesiastical History
Paper 606-bCan the Bishop-Elect Administer his Diocese before his Confirmation and Consecration?
(Language: English)
Rainer Murauer, Historisches Institut beim Österreichischen Kulturforum, Roma
Index terms: Canon Law
Paper 606-cAn Unorthodox 'Itinerary' of an Orthodox Bishop
(Language: English)
Juliana Dresvina, Magdalene College, University of Cambridge
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Mentalities, Performance Arts - Drama
Paper 606-dAll the Pope's Men: 15th Century Bishops on the See of Trogir in Dalmatia
(Language: English)
Jadranka Neralić, Hrvatski Institut za Povijest, Zagreb

Abstract paper -a:
When the diocesan bishop is dead a special process begins in that particular diocese. The process is supervised by the archbishop. The Pseudo-Isidorian collection cites mostly the canons of the Concilium Valentinum (533) and of the 7th Council of Toledo. The canons speak about the funeral of the bishop, the will of the bishop. Moreover, these canons deal explicitly with the office of the “procurator” who has to be elected after the death of the bishop.
Abstract paper -c:
The paper is going to deal with one of two earliest Russian accounts about Western Europe. It was written by Bishop Abraham of Souzdal in the early 1440s, immediately after his return from the Council of Florence. The account was classified as an ‘Itinerary’ by subsequent scribes, but it, in fact, doesn’t fit into the traditional genre. It contains a detailed description of two mystery plays, which the Bishop saw in Florence. My paper tries to explain why he chose to describe those events (creating something absolutely pioneering for medieval Russian literature) rather that opting for a traditional naming and describing places he travelled through.