IMC 2015: Sessions

Session 1511: Representations of Bishops in Historiography: Northern Europe, 1000-1300 - Chronicle, Hagiography, Saga

Thursday 9 July 2015, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:Department of Archaeology, History, Cultural Studies & Religion, Universitetet i Bergen
Organiser:Terje Breigutu Moseng, Institutt for arkeologi, historie, kultur- og religionsvitenskap, Universitetet i Bergen
Moderator/Chair:Sigbjørn Olsen Sønnesyn, Independent Scholar, Voss
Paper 1511-aEpiscopal Ideals in the Chronicon of Thietmar of Merseburg
(Language: English)
Terje Breigutu Moseng, Institutt for arkeologi, historie, kultur- og religionsvitenskap, Universitetet i Bergen
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Historiography - Medieval, Political Thought
Paper 1511-bPromotion or Rejection: The Relationship between Bishops and Saints in Medieval Scandinavia
(Language: English)
Sara Ellis Nilsson, Institutionen för historiska studier, Göteborgs Universitet
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Hagiography
Paper 1511-cBetween Church Ideology and Practical Politics: Use and Abuse of Episcopal Power in Sverris saga and Hákonar saga Hákonarsonar
(Language: English)
Sveinung Kasin Boye, Department of Historical Studies, Göteborgs Universitet
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Historiography - Medieval, Political Thought
Abstract

The central Middle Ages were a time of transition for bishops. They and their institutions were adapting to new developments in both the spiritual and the secular sphere, including the rise of the papacy and the beginnings of the state. How were bishops perceived and represented in historical writing in Northern Europe during this period? By considering diverse historiographical genres – chronicle, hagiography, saga – this session aims to shed light on how the attempts of prelates to navigate these difficult waters were seen by those who thought and wrote about the past in Northern Germany and Scandinavia.