IMC 2012: Sessions

Session 1525: Construction and Continuity of Episcopal Identities in the Alpine and Rhineland Regions, c. 400-800

Thursday 12 July 2012, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:Department of History, University of Sheffield
Organiser:Helena F. Carr, Department of History, University of Sheffield
Moderator/Chair:Ian N. Wood, School of History, University of Leeds
Paper 1525-aThe Authority of Bishops and the Cults of the Saints in Late Antique Trier and Cologne
(Language: English)
Christine Davison, Department of History, University of Sheffield
Index terms: Archaeology - General, Ecclesiastical History, Hagiography, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 1525-bBishops and the Cult of Saints in Alpine Switzerland: The Cases of St Peter (Geneva) and St Lucius (Chur), c. 300-800
(Language: English)
Chantal Bielmann, School of Archaeology & Ancient Science, University of Leicester
Index terms: Archaeology - Sites, Architecture - Religious, Historiography - Medieval, Religious Life
Paper 1525-cA Briton Abroad?: St Lucius of Chur and the Moulding of a Diocesan Patron
(Language: English)
Helena F. Carr, Department of History, University of Sheffield
Index terms: Archaeology - General, Ecclesiastical History, Hagiography, Politics and Diplomacy
Abstract

This session discusses the development of episcopal identity and authority in the Alpine and Rhineland regions from Late Antiquity into the Early Middle Ages, focusing particularly upon the creation and promotion of regional saints’ cults. Many bishoprics in the central European regions of the Roman Empire disappeared, only to be revived in the Carolingian period. It is therefore especially interesting to look at those which apparently survived the upheavals of fifth to seventh centuries with some level of continuity. How did these bishops establish and maintain their diocese’s legitimacy? What challenges did they face and how were these confronted?