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IMC 2009: Sessions

Session 526: A Europe of Bishops: Late Anglo-Saxon England and the Continent Compared

Tuesday 14 July 2009, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:EPISCOPUS: Society for the Study of Episcopal Power and Culture in the Middle Ages
Organiser:Dominik Waßenhoven, Facheinheit Geschichte, Universität Bayreuth
Moderator/Chair:Ludger Körntgen, Professur für Geschichte mit dem Schwerpunkt Mittelalterliche Geschichte, Universität Bayreuth
Paper 526-aThe Trend of Change: A Case-Study of Two Anglo-Saxon Bishops
(Language: English)
Joyce Hill, School of English, University of Leeds
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Paper 526-bThe Bishop's Bloodless Sword?: Early Medieval Excommunication in Practice
(Language: English)
Sarah M. Hamilton, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Exeter
Index terms: Canon Law, Ecclesiastical History, Politics and Diplomacy, Religious Life
Paper 526-cSwaying Bishops and the Succession of Kings
(Language: English)
Dominik Waßenhoven, Facheinheit Geschichte, Universität Bayreuth
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Politics and Diplomacy

A few years ago, Timothy Reuter wrote an essay on European bishops around the year 1000 and called it Ein Europa der Bischöfe (A Europe of Bishops). He argued that bishops and their dioceses had much more in common throughout Europe than kings and their reigns had. Taking this as a starting point, the session will try to compare the duties and deeds of bishops in some parts of Europe, especially England as well as the Western and Eastern Frankish Kingdoms, during the 10th and 11th centuries.