IMC 2018: Sessions

Session 241: Remembering Admonitio: Episcopal Criticism of Rulers in the Middle Ages, II

Monday 2 July 2018, 14.15-15.45

Organiser:Ryan Kemp, Department of History & Welsh History, Aberystwyth University
Moderator/Chair:Jinty Nelson, Department of History, King's College London
Respondent:Mayke de Jong, Utrecht Centre for Medieval Studies, Universiteit Utrecht
Paper 241-a'Tecum et propter te nobis est sermo, domne rex': Bishops Directly Addressing the King
(Language: English)
Dominik Waßenhoven, Facheinheit Geschichte, Universität Bayreuth
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Hagiography, Political Thought, Rhetoric
Paper 241-bHow to Admonish a King: Bishops as Critics in 11th-Century Germany and England
(Language: English)
Alheydis Plassmann, Institut für Geschichtswissenschaft, Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Hagiography, Political Thought, Rhetoric

The medieval episcopate, as descendants of the biblical prophets, criticised the sins of the powerful lest they pollute the wider polity. Though primarily discussed in relation to the Carolingian Empire, the admonishing bishop can be found throughout the Middle Ages. There has, however, been less discrimination and analysis in terms of how episcopal admonition of the powerful varied in specific contexts. By examining case studies from across the chronological and geographical breadth of the Middle Ages, these panels examine how criticism of the powerful was remembered and how its depiction reflected wider shifts in political and structural circumstances.