Session 1524: Bishops, the Secular Clergy, and Otherness, I: Narratives of Integration and Separation
Thursday 6 July 2017, 09.00-10.30
|Sponsor:||Episcopus: Society for the Study of Bishops & the Secular Clergy in the Middle Ages|
|Organiser:||Sigrid Danielson, Department of Art & Design, College of Liberal Arts & Science, Grand Valley State University, Michigan|
|Moderator/Chair:||Julia Steuart Barrow, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds|
|Paper 1524-a||Both Inside and Outside Christendom: The Icelandic Bishops' Sagas and Ecclesiastical Law|
Index terms: Canon Law, Ecclesiastical History, Religious Life
Scholarship devoted to the medieval episcopacy and secular clergy regularly engages with their roles as establishment insiders. In keeping with the conference thematic strand this series of three panels explores how rhetorics of the ‘other’ have been used to define and interpret ecclesiastical figures in the medieval as well as modern eras. The papers in this session consider specific moments when medieval clerics employed strategies that ‘othered’ members of the episcopacy. Anderson examines how motifs employed in Icelandic bishops’ sagas reconciled local practices with expectations for orthodoxy required by clerics from the Scandinavian mainland.