IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 1017: The Borders of Early Medieval Ecclesiastical Power

Wednesday 8 July 2020, 09.00-10.30

Organiser:Calum Platts, Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse & Celtic, University of Cambridge
Moderator/Chair:Robert A. H. Evans, Sidney Sussex College / Christ Church, University of Cambridge
Paper 1017-aThe Franks and the Evangelisation of the English: A Reassessment
(Language: English)
Calum Platts, Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse & Celtic, University of Cambridge
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 1017-bAlter Patricius: Imitation and Competition in the Vita Albei
(Language: English)
Patrick McAlary, Department of Anglo-Saxon Norse & Celtic University of Cambridge
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Hagiography
Paper 1017-cGood Cop, Saintly Cop: The Punishment of Thieves in Anglo-Saxon Hagiography
(Language: English)
Brittany Hanlon, Department of Anglo-Saxon Norse & Celtic University of Cambridge
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Hagiography, Law
Abstract

The structure of the early medieval Church generated numerous different borders of authority, which had to be accommodated. Metropolitans in their provinces and bishops in their dioceses had to be careful not to intrude upon their fellow ecclesiastics’ areas of responsibility, while monastic houses and the authority of their abbots could spread themselves over dioceses, creating a new source of tension in the ecclesiastical hierarchy. All also had to negotiate with royal and local lay power. This session will examine these tensions within the Church and seek to determine how they were established and how they operated in practice.