IMC 2019: Sessions

Session 1501: English Exceptionalism?: The Late Anglo-Saxon Church in Post-Carolingian Context, I - Wulfstan in Context

Thursday 4 July 2019, 09.00-10.30

Organisers:Edward Roberts, School of History, University of Kent
Francesca Tinti, Departamento de Historia Medieval, Moderna y de América, Universidad del País Vasco - Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea, Vitoria-Gasteiz
Moderator/Chair:Edward Roberts, School of History, University of Kent
Paper 1501-aThe Legislation of Wulfstan of York in a Continental Perspective
(Language: English)
Katy Cubitt, School of History, University of East Anglia
Katy Cubitt, School of History, University of East Anglia
Index terms: Canon Law, Ecclesiastical History, Law, Monasticism
Paper 1501-bArchbishop Wulfstan and Continental Canon Law Collections: The Manuscript Evidence in Bodleian Library, Hatton 42
(Language: English)
Sam Holmes, School of History, University of East Anglia
Sam Holmes, School of History, University of East Anglia
Index terms: Canon Law, Ecclesiastical History, Law, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Paper 1501-cWulfstan's Hagiopolis: The Carolingian Reform and the Origins of the Holy Society
(Language: English)
Andrew Rabin, Department of English, University of Louisville, Kentucky
Andrew Rabin, Department of English, University of Louisville, Kentucky
Index terms: Canon Law, Ecclesiastical History, Monasticism, Political Thought
Abstract

The late Anglo-Saxon church is often considered to be peculiar, lagging behind developments on the continent, as in the case of the supposed ‘late arrival’ of the Benedictine reform movement in the 10th century. In other respects, however, the English church of this period might be considered rather progressive, as in the ability of Anglo-Saxon bishops to transfer between sees, something that was prohibited on the continent until it was overturned in the 11th century. Rather than looking at the Anglo-Saxon church as ‘behind’ or ‘ahead’ of continental developments, these sessions aim to place England more firmly into the framework of ‘post-Carolingian Europe’. Taking our cue from recent work underlining the strength of political and cultural links between England and the continent in this period, we offer new perspectives on the comparative development of ‘reform’, monasticism, episcopal power, canon law, liturgy and other aspects of ecclesiastical life. This first of three sessions revisits the career and thought of one of the most famous late Anglo-Saxon churchmen, Wulfstan, in order to situate him in a wider European context.