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IMC 2009: Sessions

Session 1118: Episcopal Historiography and Memory between Orthodoxy and Heresy

Wednesday 15 July 2009, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:EPISCOPUS: Society for the Study of Episcopal Power and Culture in the Middle Ages
Organiser:John S. Ott, Department of History, Portland State University, Oregon
Moderator/Chair:Bernard Gowers, Keble College, University of Oxford
Paper 1118-aChristianisation and Christian Renewal in the Episcopal Historiography of the 10th and 11th Centuries
(Language: English)
Theo Riches, Exzellenzcluster 'Religion & Politik', Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Hagiography, Historiography - Medieval
Paper 1118-bBishop Pelagius of Oviedo (1101-1130): Making the Royal Memory
(Language: English)
M. Raquel Alonso Álvarez, Departamento de Historia del Arte y Musicología, Universidad de Oviedo
Index terms: Art History - Decorative Arts, Ecclesiastical History, Political Thought
Paper 1118-cTo Be or Not To Be Regulated: Episcopal Strategies in the Face of a Rebellious Chapter in Medieval Iberia
(Language: English)
Eduardo Carrero Santamaría, Departament de Ciències Històriques, Universitat de les Illes Balears
Index terms: Charters and Diplomatics, Ecclesiastical History, Historiography - Medieval

Bishops have long been understood as politically and religiously central to medieval European society, the linchpins in ecclesiological visions of a unified Christendom. Until relatively recently, however, the particular concerns of episcopal historiography have been little commented on. This panel brings together three papers that explore the different facets, and the different contexts of, episcopal historiography in the central Middle Ages. In keeping with the IMC's 2009 strand on orthodoxy and heterodoxy, the papers examine how episcopal historiography both used and navigated between these categories in developing a historical consciousness and memory specific to episcopal identities across various locales in northern Europe and the Mediterranean. Examined here are episcopal narratives about Christianisation and religious discipline, ecclesiastical authority, and royal memory and self-fashioning.