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IMC 2016: Sessions

Session 1201: Ecclesiastical Families and Networks in Late Anglo-Saxon England

Wednesday 6 July 2016, 14.15-15.45

Organiser:Mary Blanchard, Department of History, Ave Maria University, Florida
Moderator/Chair:Sarah Foot, Faculty of Theology & Religion, University of Oxford
Paper 1201-aKeeping it in the Family?: The Extent of Nepotism among the Late Anglo-Saxon Bishops and Ealdormen
(Language: English)
Mary Blanchard, Department of History, Ave Maria University, Florida
Index terms: Charters and Diplomatics, Ecclesiastical History, Genealogy and Prosopography
Paper 1201-bSaints and Ecclesiastical Property Strategies in 10th- and 11th-Century England and Flanders
(Language: English)
Alison Hudson, Ancient, Medieval & Early Modern Manuscripts, British Library
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Hagiography, Monasticism

This session explores the existence of family connections among clergymen and their construction and use of ecclesiastical networks in 10th- and 11th-century England. By addressing such topics as the presence of priestly families among the lower clergy, the extent nepotism can be found in the network of late Anglo-Saxon senior clergy, and the supernatural elements brought to monastic familiae and networks through the strategic use of patron saints, the papers in this session will offer a fuller picture of the practices and influence of families and networks on the late Anglo-Saxon Church. This session aims to foster conversation about the nature of the 10th- and 11th-century English Church and the place of a cleric's family and networks in his personal advancement, that of his kin-group, and his ecclesiastical community.