The frontier town of Manresa is shown to us in the 10th century primarily in the charters of the nearby monastery of Sant Benet de Bages, but Sant Benet and its clergy were only one group among many who appear in the area’s documents. Distinguishing them is harder than might be expected, but with it done the town begins to seem like a market for competing ecclesiastical interests, involved with the same or different lay users of their services. This paper focuses on the settlement of Montpeità, between town and monastery, where the interaction of interests is densest and can be most rewardingly disentangled.
Giving continuity to the subject of my presentation at the IMC 2012, this piece addresses Giuliano Della Rovere’s use of the gothic style, combined with Roman classicism, as a symbol of papal authority in his renewal of the Episcopal palace in Avignon. The purpose is to analyze the relationship between the Palais des Papes and the so-called Petit Palais, paying special attention to the context of French architecture in the 15th century. I will therefore consider how the Petit Palais dialogues with contemporary buildings, such as the Palais du Roure, and how it impacts the urban landscape of Avignon.
Henry VII usually gets a bad press over delays in appointing bishops. Whilst somewhat deserved, it is not the whole picture. Between early in 1499 and January 1501, nine of the twenty-one bishops in England and Wales died: five of plague; and in 1503 to 1505, a further nine bishops died, including appointments made in the previous crisis. The result was that in 1506, only one see, Lincoln, had the same man in place as had been there in January 1499. The paper examines the choice of men to fill the vacant sees, their backgrounds, and their longevity in see; and, from Henry’s standpoint, how the choices were made and the time taken to fill each vacancy.