IMC 2005: Sessions

Session 1605: Bishops and Culture in the 7th and 8th Centuries

Thursday 14 July 2005, 11.15-12.45

Moderator/Chair:Helmut Reimitz, Institut für Mittelalterforschung, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien
Paper 1605-aA cursus honorum in 7th-Century Gaul: Courtier, Bishop, Saint
(Language: English)
Hans Stegeman, Independent Scholar, Zoetermeer
Index terms: Lay Piety, Political Thought, Religious Life
Paper 1605-b'Bischofsherrschaft' in Chur in the Merovingian Era
(Language: English)
Takehito Sugiura, Kansai Gaidai University, Osaka
Index terms: Administration, Ecclesiastical History, Local History
Paper 1605-cSchools and Learning in the Visigothic Kingdom of Toledo
(Language: English)
Ana B. Sánchez-Prieto, Department of Palaeography & Diplomatics, Universidad Complutense de Madrid
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Education, Learning (The Classical Inheritance), Liturgy, Literacy and Orality, Manuscripts and Palaeography, Monasticism, Teaching the Middle Ages

Abstract -a:
In the 7th Century Regnum Francorum, a number of specific careers in the environment of the Merovingian king show similar patterns. The pattern: courtiership, office at court, bishop – sometimes followed by a retreat into asceticism and by canonisation after death.
Examples: Arnulf of Metz, Amandus of “Maastricht”, Eligius of Noyon, Audoinus of Rouen. Maybe some women’s careers as well: e.g. queen Balthildis, abbess Gertrudis. The paper will go into these examples, look at the relationship with political thought, at the consequences for religious life and at the significance of lay piety in general – possibly offering some insights into the working of authority within the Regnum Francorum.
Abstract -b:
My paper is something which aims towards the fact that structure of the ‘Bischofsherrschaft’ in the merovingian era is made clear. I try to research ‘Tellotestament’, which was drawn up by Tello, the Bishop of Chur in 765. In this testament, the suffering dominant person of various status existing is recognised. From this information, we can elucidate a character of the ‘Bischofsherrschaft’.
Abstract -c:
Not very long after the fall of the Roman Empire the Iberian Peninsular experienced a cultural renaissance under the government of the Visigoths already converted to the Catholic Church. It is known as the Silver Age of the Spanish cultural history and gave individuals such as Isodore of Seville and Julian of Toledo. But these would not have been possible without the relatively complex net of monastic, cathedral and even municipal schools.