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IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 613: Boundaries of Acceptability: Physical, Moral, and Political Corruption in the Middle Ages, II

Tuesday 7 July 2020, 11.15-12.45

Organiser:Jack Newman, Centre for Medieval & Early Modern Studies (MEMS), University of Kent
Moderator/Chair:Kathleen Neal, Centre for Medieval & Renaissance Studies, Monash University, Victoria
Paper 613-a'Civitas sancta Ierusalem adversus Babilonicam rabiem': Fighting Heresy and Pravity in the De preeminentia spiritualis Imperii by Opicinus de Canistris, 1329
(Language: English)
Pietro Mocchi, Centre for Medieval Studies University of Kent
Index terms: Canon Law, Political Thought
Paper 613-bCorruption and Tyranny in 14th-Century Italy
(Language: English)
Eric Nemarich, Department of History, Harvard University
Index terms: Administration, Political Thought
Paper 613-cAccountability as Healthscaping Policy: Combating Corruption in Medieval Hospitals in the Mediterranean West, 1181-1311
(Language: English)
Anna Peterson, Independent Scholar, Valladolid
Index terms: Administration, Canon Law, Ecclesiastical History, Medicine

Corruption is an act which attracts shame and outrage. The narrow contemporary legalistic conception of corruption as simply an abuse of public office for private gain would not be clearly recognisable in the Middle Ages. Corruption in this period is best viewed as a physical or moral decay from a perceived ideal. Few medievalists have explored corruption as a concept. These panels bring together a diverse group of scholars who focus upon corruption from a range of perspectives. They explore political, physical, or moral corruption, scapegoating, and pollution.