Session 1050: The Delimitation of Urban Parishes in 12th- and 13th-Century Portugal: Braga, Coimbra, and Lisbon Compared
Wednesday 8 July 2020, 09.00-10.30
|Instituto de Estudos Medievais (IEM), Universidade Nova de Lisboa
|André Evangelista Marques, Instituto de Estudos Medievais, Universidade Nova de Lisboa
|Hermínia Maria Vasconcelos Vilar, Centro Interdisciplinar de História, Culturas e Sociedades, Universidade de Évora
|Parish Creation in Suburban Areas: The Case of São João do Souto in 12th-Century Braga
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Geography and Settlement Studies, Local History, Religious Life
|Borders of Ecclesiastical Power in a Medieval City: The Definition of Coimbra's Parochial Network
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Geography and Settlement Studies, Lay Piety, Religious Life
|Lisbon's Parochial Territorialisation in the Second Half of the 12th Century: A Process without Documents?
Index terms: Archives and Sources, Ecclesiastical History, Geography and Settlement Studies, Religious Life
The construction of the medieval parish network rested upon the territorialisation of its constituent units and the establishment of a hierarchical bond between each parish and the respective diocesan bishop. This was a long process, not completed in many parts of Europe before the central Middle Ages, and in which urban areas played a pivotal role. Not only were the densely-occupied cityscapes more prone to the delimitation of parish boundaries, but episcopal control over local churches also proved especially tight in urban and suburban areas, often giving way to conflict. This session aims to examine three case studies of Portuguese cities whose different urban profiles and historical trajectories are mirrored in the extant source material, thus allowing for multiple perspectives on the delimitation of urban parishes.