IMC 2015: Sessions

Session 1215: Kings, Popes, and Church Reform: Some Thoughts on the Interaction of Politics and Church

Wednesday 8 July 2015, 14.15-15.45

Organiser:Stefanie Schild, Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn
Moderator/Chair:Alheydis Plassmann, Institut für Geschichtswissenschaft, Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn
Paper 1215-aPolitics and Church Reform: Rituals during the Reign of Louis the Pious
(Language: English)
Xenia Sosnowski, Institut für Geschichtswissenschaft, Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Historiography - Medieval, Political Thought
Paper 1215-bMaking Use of Church Reform: Kingship and the Reform Movement of the 10th and 11th Century
(Language: English)
Stefanie Schild, Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Historiography - Medieval, Political Thought
Paper 1215-cAbout Bloody Swords and Holy Canons: The Schism of Cadalus Revisited
(Language: English)
Anja-Lisa Schroll, Institut für Geschichtswissenschaft, Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn
Index terms: Canon Law, Ecclesiastical History, Historiography - Medieval, Political Thought
Abstract

Until the development of the 11th-century church reform, the Church grew up under the wing of royal power and kings would often defend and support it in its reform plans. Sometimes a king might even introduce reforms in his church himself, which in consequence could allow the Church more influence in politics. This could be reflected in rituals. Finally, the support of kings as well as the 11th-century church reform led (indirectly) to the Investiture Controversy. In this struggle one can perceive a constant interaction between Politics and Church, which is also reflected in the ‘Streitschriften’ (written polemics) of this age.