IMC 2004: Sessions

Session 622: Texts and Identities in the Early Middle Ages, III: Social Constraints and Sacred Authority in the Frankish World

Tuesday 13 July 2004, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Forschungsstelle für Geschichte des Mittelalters, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften / Utrecht Centre for Medieval Studies, Universiteit Utrecht / Faculty of History, University of Cambridge
Organiser:Maximilian Diesenberger, Institut für Mittelalterforschung, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien
Moderator/Chair:Conrad Leyser, Centre for Late Antiquity, University of Manchester
Paper 622-aEpiscopal Identity in the Concilia Galliae of the 6th and 7th Centuries
(Language: English)
Kirsten DeVries, Loyola University Chicago
Paper 622-bDoing Penance: Between Voluntary Act and Social Constraints
(Language: English)
Rob Meens, Instituut Geschiedenis, Universiteit Utrecht
Paper 622-cDefending 'God's Camp': Charlemagne's Cultural Conflict with Pagans and Heretics
(Language: English)
Mary Alberi, Department of History, Pace University, New York
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Political Thought

No abstract provided.
Abstract paper -c:
Charlemagne’s court developed a cultural identity to set his populus christianus apart from the demonic forces of paganism and heresy. Paganism was a culture of cruel treachery and heresy one of irrational, arrogant resistance to Christian truth. In contrast, Charlemagne’s court established in his De litteris colendis and Admonitio generalis the cultural limits of an ecclesia identified as the castra Dei. The Carolingian delineation of what was culturally permissible in ‘God’s camp’ conferred authority on Charlemagne to establish ‘correct’ standards within his empire, while justifying political and military rivalries with his neighbors.