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IMC 2023: Sessions

Session 328: Networking the Diocese: Material Transactions in Early and High Medieval Bishoprics

Monday 3 July 2023, 16.30-18.00

Organiser:Philipp Winterhager, Institut für Geschichtswissenschaften, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Moderator/Chairs:Joana Hansen, Geschichte des frühen und hohen Mittelalters sowie für Historische Grundwissenschaften, Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel
Bastiaan Waagmeester, Graduiertenkolleg 1662 'Religiöses Wissen im vormodernen Europa (800–1800)', Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen
Paper 328-aTemporal Wealth and Eternal Needs: Some Thoughts on the Temporalities of Ecclesiastical Economies in the Earlier Middle Ages
(Language: English)
Stephan Bruhn, Historisches Seminar/Mittelalterliche Geschichte, Christian-Albrechts-Universität Kiel
Index terms: Canon Law, Ecclesiastical History, Economics - General
Paper 328-bPoor, Meek, Mourning... but Successful: Archiepiscopal Strategies in Vulkuld's Life of Bardo of Mainz
(Language: English)
Philipp Winterhager, Institut für Geschichtswissenschaften, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Economics - General, Hagiography
Paper 328-cFiefs and Mortgages: Material Transactions in the Episcopal Charters of Bamberg in the 12th and 13th Century
(Language: English)
Sebastian Kalla, Lehrstuhl für Mittelalterliche Geschichte, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
Index terms: Charters and Diplomatics, Ecclesiastical History, Economics - General

Medieval bishops have traditionally been studied through the lens of royal politics and ecclesiastical reforms, but only more recently as regional players in their dioceses. This panel highlights one aspect that needs to be readdressed in this context. Material transactions - gift, loan, exchange of property, transfer of tithes etc - provide an opportunity to trace not only the existence, but the making of local and regional networks between bishops and the various actors in their dioceses. The panel thus focuses on modes of networking. It addresses material transaction as social practice, the strategies behind diocesan exchange, and the language used in various genres (narrative sources, charters, synodal decrees) to analyse these regional networkings. The papers adapts these questions with regard to different regions of western and central Europe and from Merovingian times through the 12th/13th centuries.