IMC 2017: Sessions

Session 1624: Bishops, the Secular Clergy, and Otherness, II: Narratives of Ambiguity

Thursday 6 July 2017, 11.15-12.45

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:Katy Cubitt, School of History, University of East Anglia
Paper 1624-aThe 'Otherness' of Episcopal Exile during the Reign of King Stephen
(Language: English)
Kyly Walker, Centre for Medieval & Renaissance Studies, Monash University, Victoria
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Religious Life
Paper 1624-b'Death to the False Prophet!': Othering Bernard degli Uberti, Bishop of Parma, in Donizone's Vita Mathildis
(Language: English)
Robert Houghton, Department of History, University of Winchester
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Religious Life
Paper 1624-cThe Prolocutors of Medieval Convocation: Where Do They Fit?
(Language: English)
Elizabeth Keohane-Burbridge, Department of History, Woodward Academy, Georgia
Index terms: 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 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 focus on clerical figures who operated outside the norms associated with their ecclesiastical rank. Walker examines the 12th-century context for bishops in exile under King Stephen and to what extent their role as ‘outsiders’ represented a temporary or permanent status. Houghton considers the vita of Bernardus degli Uberti of Parma and the author’s use of motifs to define the bishop as an ‘outsider’ and to what end. Keohane-Burbridge explores how the early 15th-century Canterbury Convocations afforded prolocutors the opportunity to navigate between the crown and their fellow clerics.