IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 1657: Medieval Papacy, c. 500-1500, II: Extra Urbem, the Papacy, and the World Elsewhere

Thursday 9 July 2020, 11.15-12.45

Organisers:Benedict Wiedemann, Department of History, University College London / Institute of Historical Research, University of London
Agata Zielinska, Department of History, University College London
Moderator/Chair:Mari-Liis Neubauer, Graduate Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Reading
Paper 1657-aBishops on the Frontier: Popes and Patriarchs in the Empire of New Rome, 550-680
(Language: English)
Sihong Lin, Department of History, University of Manchester
Index terms: Administration, Byzantine Studies, Ecclesiastical History
Paper 1657-bVenetiis in Rivo alto: Papal Letters for English Recipients Issued from Venice in Mid-1177
(Language: English)
Anne J. Duggan, Department of History, King's College London
Index terms: Canon Law, Ecclesiastical History
Paper 1657-cPapal Involvement in East Central Europe: National Narratives and Historiographical Traditions
(Language: English)
Agata Zielinska, Department of History, University College London
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Historiography - Modern Scholarship, Politics and Diplomacy
Abstract

The second session of the ‘Medieval Papacy, c.500-1500’ strand. The remit of these sessions is to break down traditional boundaries (for example, chronological) within the field of papal history. This session examines the papacy’s relations and interactions with polities and people beyond Italy. Paper-a suggests that the 6th- and 7th-century papacy’s entanglements in Eastern diplomacy and military administration were not innovations, but rather what was expected for an imperial patriarchate situated on the frontier. Paper-b looks at letters issued by Pope Alexander III for English beneficiaries around the time of the negotiations between the pope and Emperor Frederick I which led to the Peace of Venice in July 1177. Paper-c analyses how the relations between the papacy and East Central Europe have traditionally been used in very specific historiographical contexts, preventing a critical understanding of not only the region, but also of papal ‘government’.