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IMC 2023: Sessions

Session 1742: Treacherous Bishops, Sacred Space, and Creative Microhistory: Studies from Medieval People

Thursday 6 July 2023, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Project 'Medieval People: Social Bonds, Kinship & Networks'
Organiser:Charlotte Cartwright, Department of History, Christopher Newport University, Virginia
Moderator/Chair:Amy Livingstone, Department of History, Wittenberg University, Ohio
Paper 1742-aTreacherous Bishops in Ottonian Germany
(Language: English)
Laura Wangerin, Department of History, Seton Hall University, New Jersey
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 1742-bA Lineage of Temples: The Exegesis of Church Consecration at Sant Benet de Bages, 972
(Language: English)
Adam C. Matthews, Department of History, Cornell University
Index terms: Charters and Diplomatics, Lay Piety, Liturgy, Religious Life
Paper 1742-cMedieval Everydays: Exploring Creative Microhistory
(Language: English)
Katherine Weikert, Department of Archaeology / Department of History, University of Winchester
Index terms: Archaeology - General, Daily Life, Geography and Settlement Studies, Social History

This session highlights new research in areas relevant to the journal Medieval People: Social Bonds, Kinship, and Networks (formerly Medieval Prosopography). These studies show how new readings of textual sources and consideration of material culture can enhance our understanding of ecclesiastical and secular elites. Laura Wangerin's paper contextualises the treachery of bishops as a means of political manoeuvering, placing the bishop into a wider Ottonian context; Adam Matthews explores how changing beliefs about sacred space informed the founding of churches by aristocratic families on the Catalan frontier during the 10th and 11th centuries; and Katherine Weikert explores the medieval 'everyday' through archaeological, microhistorical, and creative techniques.