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IMC 2023: Sessions

Session 645: Facets of Clerical Power in the Long Middle Ages

Tuesday 4 July 2023, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Episcopus: Society for the Study of Bishops & Secular Clergy in the Middle Ages
Organiser:William Campbell, St Andrews Institute of Mediaeval Studies, University of St Andrews
Moderator/Chair:Benjamin Wand, Center for Medieval & Renaissance Studies, St Louis University
Paper 645-aCaesarius of Arles: The Bishop as a Watchman
(Language: English)
Martina Carandino, Faculty of History, University of Oxford
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Religious Life, Sermons and Preaching, Theology
Paper 645-bMapping the Changing Relationship between Bishops and Monastic in 11th-Century France: A Comparative Study of a New Ordination Ritual for Abbots
(Language: English)
Qianyu Wang, Vakgroep Geschiedenis, Universiteit Gent
Index terms: Liturgy, Monasticism, Religious Life

Bishops were entangled in networks of both secular and clerical power. They often found themselves not just 'under two rules of law', as Powicke described the clergy in general, but because of their high status in church and (often) state, administering both kinds of law. The papers in this session interrogate the particular complexities of bishops exercising power across the long Middle Ages.