IMC 2018: Sessions

Session 539: Remembering the Past after the Carolingian Empire, I: Liturgy and Auctoritas

Tuesday 3 July 2018, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:After Empire: Using & Not Using the Past in the Crisis of the Carolingian World, c. 900-1050
Organiser:Sarah Greer, St Andrews Institute of Mediaeval Studies, University of St Andrews
Moderator/Chair:Erik Niblaeus, Department of History, Durham University
Paper 539-a'If the authority of a human being is so respected…': Royal Auctoritas, Rebellious Bishops, and the Politics of Belonging in 10th-Century Northern Italy
(Language: English)
Jelle Wassenaar, Institut für Mittelalterforschung, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien
Paper 539-bCarolingian Music after the Carolingians: Writing, Memory, and the Struggle to Define Liturgical Auctoritas
(Language: English)
Henry Parkes, Institute of Sacred Music, Yale University
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Liturgy, Literacy and Orality, Music
Paper 539-cI, Amalarius: Ademar of Chabannes and the Imitation of Carolingian Authority in 11th-Century Aquitaine
(Language: English)
Graeme Ward, Institut für Mittelalterforschung, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Historiography - Medieval, Liturgy, Monasticism

The immense body of Carolingian liturgy and liturgical practice provided an enormous source of authority for 10th and 11th-century authors. However, the world had changed since the fall of the Carolingian empire; the social and political context in which these liturgical texts had been created was very different from the one that they now faced. This session explores how later authors negotiated between this body of Carolingian authority and their present needs and requirements in post-Carolingian society. The three papers presented will examine the interplay between the liturgical past and present in the 10th and 11th centuries, and the varieties of responses across the former Carolingian empire to the changing norms of post-Carolingian societies.