TitlePriests in a Post-Imperial World, c. 900-1050, I: Education and Regulation
Date/TimeMonday 4 July 2022: 11.15-12.45
OrganiserAlice Hicklin, Department of History, University of Sheffield
Moderator/ChairCarine van Rhijn, Departement Geschiedenis en Kunstgeschiedenis, Universiteit Utrecht
RespondentJulia Steuart Barrow, Institute for Medieval Studies / School of History, University of Leeds / Northern History
Paper 126-a Local Synods, Priests' Exams, and Episcopal Control of Knowledge during the 10th and 11th Centuries
(Language: English)
Bastiaan Waagmeester, Seminar für mittelalterliche Geschichte, Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen
Index Terms: Daily Life; Ecclesiastical History; Education; Religious Life
Paper 126-b Great Expectations: 10th-Century Priests and the Admonitio Synodalis
(Language: English)
Charles West, Department of History, University of Sheffield
Index Terms: Archives and Sources; Canon Law; Ecclesiastical History; Manuscripts and Palaeography
Paper 126-c The Reception of Carolingian Texts for Priests in 11th-Century Manuscripts
(Language: English)
Samuel Schröder, Sonderforschungsbereich 923 'Bedrohte Ordnungen', Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen
Index Terms: Archives and Sources; Ecclesiastical History; Literacy and Orality; Manuscripts and Palaeography
AbstractThe history of the western church in c. 900-1050 has historically been seen as a trough between the two peaks of 'Carolingian' and 'Gregorian' reform, as the Church either struggled against secular lords or else compromised itself by working too closely with them, depending on historiographical perspective. In recent years, historians have begun to challenge this picture, whether by nuancing inherited historiographical concepts of church reform or simply through taking more critical attitudes to the surviving sources. There has been much revisionist work on monasteries and on bishops in this period; but very little attention has been paid to rural priests.

In the first of two sessions, our speakers will examine manuscript evidence for the education and regulation of local priests from the 10th and 11th centuries. They will explore what the transmission, editing, and creation of texts concerning priestly education and correctio can tell us about the availability of these texts, the intellectual debates, and about ecclesiastical hierarchies and organisation in the 10th and early 11th centuries.