IMC 2012: Sessions

Session 1308: Disobedience to Papal Authority, II: Relations with Faithful in Scandinavia

Wednesday 11 July 2012, 16.30-18.00

Organisers:Melanie Brunner, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Benjamin Weber, Départment d’Histoire, Université de Pau-Pays de l'Adour
Moderator/Chair:Kurt Villads Jensen, Institut for Historie, Kultur & Samfundsbeskrivelse, Syddansk Universitet, Odense
Paper 1308-aBeing Ruled Out from Heaven and Earth?: Excommunication of King and Commoner Alike - The Case of Norway
(Language: English)
Torstein Jørgensen, Centre for Medieval Studies, Universitetet i Bergen
Index terms: Canon Law, Ecclesiastical History, Religious Life
Paper 1308-bPapal Concessions Concerning Incontinent Clerics
(Language: English)
Bertil Nilsson, Institutionen för litteratur, idéhistoria och religion, Göteborgs Universitet
Index terms: Canon Law, Ecclesiastical History
Paper 1308-cMedieval Dietary Regulations from a Nordic Perspective
(Language: English)
Torgeir Landro, Senter for middelalderstudier, Universitetet i Bergen
Index terms: Canon Law, Ecclesiastical History, Religious Life

The late medieval papacy claimed authority over all Christians by virtue of its succession from St Peter, and it attempted to enforce this authority in a variety of ways. The very nature of this claim could lead to resistance, however, and papal claims to primacy were often challenged, both in theory and in practice. These two sessions will examine case-studies of resistance to papal authority, looking at forms and consequences of disobedience, as well as the papal response to opposition. They will therefore provide insights into the variety of responses to, as well as the practical and theoretical limits of, papal authority.