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IMC 2023: Sessions

Session 1337: Bad Entanglements: Crime and Abuse in the Early Middle Ages, II

Wednesday 5 July 2023, 16.30-18.00

Organiser:Jan van Doren, Department of History, Princeton University
Moderator/Chair:Mayke de Jong, Utrecht Centre for Medieval Studies, Universiteit Utrecht
Paper 1337-aPagan Entanglements in the 8th Century
(Language: English)
Rob Meens, Departement Geschiedenis en Kunstgeschiedenis, Universiteit Utrecht
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Pagan Religions, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 1337-bAbusing the City: Frankish Kings, Urban Communities, and Sin in the 9th Century
(Language: English)
Jelle Wassenaar, Institut für Mittelalterforschung, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien
Index terms: Political Thought, Rhetoric
Paper 1337-c'Aussonia corrupta': Constructing Corruption in the Kingdom of Italy, c. 814-840
(Language: English)
Jan van Doren, Department of History, Princeton University
Index terms: Canon Law, Daily Life, Ecclesiastical History, Social History

This panel investigates how crimes and abuses were conceptualized by early medieval thinkers. Early medieval authors and compilers adapted biblical and Roman decrees and admonitions to their own day and age, translating, as Walter Ullmann put it, 'all-pervading' Christian virtues and vices into more practical social-legislative norms. Our panelists will address the processes through which specific crimes and abuses became conceptualized and prohibited. These processes by no means restricted themselves to the creation of social-legislative norms only and our panels will also consider extra-legal processes of norm making that helped ground crimes and abuses more firmly in early medieval society.