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IMC 2023: Sessions

Session 1004: Rome and Papacy in the Great Western Schism: Networks of Survival, I

Wednesday 5 July 2023, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:Project 'Strategies of Survival: The Papal Curia & Ecclesiastical Institutions of Rome in the Great Western Schism (1378-1417)'
Organiser:Kirsi Salonen, Department of Finnish History, University of Turku
Moderator/Chair:Andreas Rehberg, Deutsches Historisches Institut, Roma
Paper 1004-aNetworks at the Highest Level: Cardinals and Their Connections
(Language: English)
Juuso Karhu, School of History, Culture & Arts Studies, University of Turku
Index terms: Archives and Sources, Ecclesiastical History
Paper 1004-bYou Are Hired!: University Students' Career Possibilities in the Papal Curia during the Schism
(Language: English)
Kirsi Salonen, Department of Finnish History, University of Turku
Index terms: Administration, Archives and Sources, Ecclesiastical History
Abstract

The Great Western Schism (1378-1417) is said to have been the greatest crisis of the late medieval church. The proposed two sessions study, how the Roman papacy and Romans survived this crises, and what kinds of networks helped Rome to regain its authority after the French 'antipopes' had left the eternal city. This session focuses on the papal curia and takes as starting point the hypothesis that the Schism created also possibilities for competent men. The three papers will seek answer to the following questions: Who were the men who helped in recreating the papal administration and what kind of networks helped in recruiting competent staff to the papal curia?