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IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 1149: The Dynamics of Fixed Boundaries: City Walls and Diocesan Boundaries

Wednesday 8 July 2020, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Zentrum für Mittelalterstudien (ZEMAS), Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg
Organiser:Christof Rolker, Institut für Geschichtswissenschaften und Europäische Ethnologie, Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg
Moderator/Chair:Ingrid Bennewitz, Lehrstuhl für Deutsche Philologie des Mittelalters, Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg
Paper 1149-aIn the Shadows of the Wall: Social Dynamics of City Walls in Urban Life
(Language: English)
Nathalie-Josephine von Möllendorff, Institut für Kunstgeschichte, Technische Universität Dortmund / Universität Bern
Index terms: Architecture - Religious, Daily Life, Monasticism, Social History
Paper 1149-bPushing or Creating Boundaries?: The Episcopal Translation as a Political Tool
(Language: English)
Claudia Esch, Lehrstuhl für Mittelalterliche Geschichte / Zentrum für Mittelalterstudien (ZEMAS), Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg
Index terms: Canon Law, Ecclesiastical History, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 1149-cLimits and Limitations: King’s Power in the Crown of Aragon
(Language: English)
Alexandru Stefan Anca, Lehrstuhl für Mittelalterliche Geschichte, Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Mentalities, Political Thought, Sermons and Preaching

The session will present current research by the Bamberg Centre for Medieval Studies (ZEMAS). The papers will address two kinds of 'borders' that shaped medieval society, namely city walls and diocesan borders. Claudia Esch will discuss episcopal translations, which from a canon law point of view were highly problematic but in practice were often used as a convenient political tool. Nathalie von Möllendorff will present on the urban life 'in the shadow' of the wall, and the question of why mendicant orders preferred these areas for their houses. Christof Rolker will address the question to which degree city walls and diocesan borders were as clear cut borders as they often appear to be, and how this relates to the normality of rather vague political and geographical boundaries in medieval societies.