IMC 2013: Sessions

Session 328: Exploring John of Salisbury in Legal, Temporal, and Religious Contexts

Monday 1 July 2013, 16.30-18.00

Organiser:Maxine K. Esser, St Andrews Institute of Mediaeval Studies, University of St Andrews
Moderator/Chair:Irene A. O'Daly, Institute for Cultural Disciplines, Universiteit Leiden
Paper 328-aLegal Themes in the Early Letters of John of Salisbury
(Language: English)
Maxine K. Esser, St Andrews Institute of Mediaeval Studies, University of St Andrews
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Law, Political Thought
Paper 328-b'Frivolities of Courtiers' and Court Criticism in the State Theory of the Policraticus
(Language: English)
Ayşegül Keskin Çolak, Department of History, Bilkent Üniversitesi, Ankara
Index terms: Political Thought, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 328-cThe Prophet and the Priest: John of Salisbury and the Sacramental Church
(Language: English)
Daniel Murphy, Department of History, University of Sheffield
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Religious Life
Abstract

This session will explore the written work of John of Salisbury in legal, temporal, and religious contexts. Paper -a will discuss the legal themes within the early letters of John, considering a number of letters in depth. Paper -b will discuss the place of court and court criticism in John’s political thinking and thus re-evaluate this aspect of the Policraticus. Paper -c aims to discuss John’s view of the spiritual, or sacramental, Church, and his thoughts on the priest as ‘prophet’ in relation to this.