IMC 2016: Sessions

Session 1708: Taking the Long View: The Route to the Episcopacy and Beyond

Thursday 7 July 2016, 14.15-15.45

Organiser:Sarah E. Thomas, Department of History, University of Hull
Moderator/Chair:Michael H. Gelting, Centre for Scandinavian Studies King's College University of Aberdeen 24 High Street OLD ABERDEEN AB24 3EB
Paper 1708-aAll Manner of Men?: The Identities and Career Paths of Scottish and Norwegian Bishops
(Language: English)
Sarah E. Thomas, Department of History, University of Hull
Sarah E. Thomas, Department of History, University of Hull
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Genealogy and Prosopography
Paper 1708-bThe Effects of the Western Schism Upon the Dioceses of the Norwegian Skattlands
(Language: English)
Michael Frost, Centre for Scandinavian Studies, University of Aberdeen
Michael Frost, Centre for Scandinavian Studies, University of Aberdeen
Index terms: Administration, Ecclesiastical History
Paper 1708-cBurying the Bishop: Episcopal Funerals in Medieval England?
(Language: English)
Katherine Harvey, Department of History, Classics & Archaeology, Birkbeck, University of London
Katherine Harvey, Department of History, Classics & Archaeology, Birkbeck, University of London
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Genealogy and Prosopography
Abstract

Medieval bishops potentially wielded immense power, both literally and symbolically. They were both administrative and religious leaders who had considerable responsibilities. This session will discuss bishops from later medieval England, Scotland and the North Atlantic. How important were geographic and social origins and educational attainment for their promotion? Was there a standard career path for the aspiring bishop? At the other end of their reign, how were they represented in death at their funerals? What do the funerals tell us about the nature of episcopacy? This session will therefore investigate multiple aspects of bishops’ career and reputational trajectories.