IMC 2013: Sessions

Session 725: Remembering the Bishop: Commemorative Strategies, I

Tuesday 2 July 2013, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Episcopus: Society for the Study of Bishops & Secular Clergy in the Middle Ages / Conventus: Problems of Religious Communal Life in the High Middle Ages
Organiser:Diane J. Reilly, Hope School of Fine Art, Indiana University, Bloomington
Moderator/Chair:Steven Vanderputten, Vakgroep Geschiedenis, Universiteit Gent
Paper 725-aRemembering Scholar Bishops: 11th to 13th Centuries
(Language: English)
Bernard Gowers, Department of History, King's College London
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Local History, Religious Life, Social History
Paper 725-bOral, Written, and Material Memory: Some Aspects of the Commemoration of Bishops in Aquitaine, 11th-13th Century
(Language: English)
Delphine Boyer-Gardner, Centre d'Études Supérieures de Civilisation Médiévale (CESCM), Université de Poitiers
Index terms: Anthropology, Ecclesiastical History, Local History, Social History
Abstract

This is the first of two sessions dedicated to the theme of remembering bishops. The contributors to this session each explore the commemorative strategies employed by episcopal dioceses to construct the posthumus identities of non-saintly bishops in order to achieve temporally and geographically specific goals. Using evidence as diverse as gesta, inscriptions, charters, calendars, and letter collections, the papers will showcase local efforts to create memories of the clerical past in 11th- to 13th-century Aquitaine and Central France, in the Cambrésis in the wake of disputed episcopal succession of Walcher in the late 11th-century, and among the successors to scholarly bishops such as Fulbert of Chartres, Notger of Liège, and Burchard of Worms in late 10th- and early 11th-century France, Flanders and Germany.