IMC 2017: Sessions

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-aBoth Inside and Outside Christendom: The Icelandic Bishops' Sagas and Ecclesiastical Law
(Language: English)
Joel Anderson, Department of History, University of Maine
Index terms: Canon Law, Ecclesiastical History, Religious Life
Abstract

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.