IMC 2018: Sessions

Session 341: Remembering Admonitio: Episcopal Criticism of Rulers in the Middle Ages, III

Monday 2 July 2018, 16.30-18.00

Organiser:Ryan Kemp, Department of History & Welsh History, Aberystwyth University
Moderator/Chair:Katy Cubitt, School of History, University of East Anglia
Paper 341-a'Sancta tractabat arte': Lanfranc's 'Management' of King William the Conqueror as a Sacred Art
(Language: English)
Sally N. Vaughn, Department of History, University of Houston, Texas
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Hagiography, Political Thought, Rhetoric
Paper 341-bThe Admonishing Bishop in 12th-Century England and Germany
(Language: English)
Ryan Kemp, Department of History & Welsh History, Aberystwyth University
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Hagiography, Political Thought, Rhetoric
Paper 341-c13th-Century Bishops of Auxerre Trying to Whip the Counts into Line
(Language: English)
Constance Bouchard, Department of History, University of Akron, Ohio
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Hagiography, Political Thought, Rhetoric
Abstract

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.