IMC 2017: Sessions

Session 1231: Institutional Organisation, Management, and Authority, I: Lincoln, Durham, and the Diocese in the Later Middle Ages

Wednesday 5 July 2017, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Lincoln Record Society
Organiser:Abigail Dorr, School of History & Heritage, University of Lincoln
Moderator/Chair:Paul R. Dryburgh, The National Archives, London
Paper 1231-aCounting Pennies, Saving Pounds: The Financial Stability of Lincoln Cathedral in the Turbulent and Troublesome Early 14th Century
(Language: English)
Abigail Dorr, School of History & Heritage, University of Lincoln
Index terms: Administration, Ecclesiastical History, Local History, Religious Life
Paper 1231-bEconomic Shocks and Administrative Responses: Financial Management at Durham Cathedral Priory in the 14th Century
(Language: English)
Alisdair Dobie, Business School, Edge Hill University, Ormskirk
Index terms: Administration, Ecclesiastical History, Monasticism, Religious Life
Paper 1231-cChapter and Verse: Government and Social Networks in Lincoln Cathedral Chapter, 1450-1460
(Language: English)
Marianne Wilson, Department of Collections Expertise & Engagement, The National Archives, Kew
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Local History, Religious Life
Abstract

Ecclesiastical history has been the centre of much scholarly discussion for the preceding two centuries. However, the relationship between the cathedral, its personnel, and the wider diocese needs further assessment. What was the cathedral’s position within its locality and how was this maintained? Using the cathedrals of Lincoln and Durham as case studies, this panel discusses how cathedrals were organised and managed, and addresses how their authority was disseminated throughout the diocese in the later Middle Ages. Largely using new evidence, the panel questions the stability of cathedrals as institutions and the effect of economic, spiritual, and administrative decisions on their relationship with the outside world.