|Title||Visions of Authority, I: Canon Law - On the Borders of Religious Discipline and Spiritual Authority|
|Date/Time||Wednesday 6 July 2022: 11.15-12.45|
|Sponsor||Radboud Institute for Culture & History (RICH), Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen|
|Organiser||Riccardo Macchioro, ERC Project 'Patristic Sermons in the Middle Ages (PASSIM)', Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen / Università degli Studi di Milano|
|Moderator/Chair||Shari Boodts, Radboud Institute for Culture & History (RICH), Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen|
|Paper 1143-a||Damnatio memoriae in Early Medieval Canon Law Collections
Till Stüber, Friedrich-Meinecke-Institut, Freie Universität Berlin
Index Terms: Canon Law; Ecclesiastical History; Law; Manuscripts and Palaeography
|Paper 1143-b||Adaptations of the Old Testament in Early Medieval Normative Texts: On Whose Authority?
Roy Flechner, School of History, University College Dublin
Index Terms: Biblical Studies; Canon Law
|Paper 1143-c||Authority Implied: The Presence and Absence of Authorities in 'Minor' Canonical Collections
Sven Meeder, Afdeling Geschiedenis, Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen
Index Terms: Canon Law; Ecclesiastical History; Manuscripts and Palaeography
|Abstract||The 'Visions of Authority' series investigates how medieval scribes and compilers manipulate the authority of their material. The focus is on genres connected to religious history, which are traditionally imbued with significant authority, but simultaneously exhibit strong instability and malleability in their transmission. This tension makes them interesting cases to study how authority is established, which practices can strengthen it, and how it influences the impact of a text.
As a genre based on authority and explicitly adopting a position of authority, works of religious law display a great variety of strategies to express legal and spiritual authority. Such strategies include erroneous attributions of canonical statements, strategic juxtapositioning, subtle editing techniques, creative use of script, etc. At the same time, references to erstwhile authorities could be surpressed, if their prestige was compromised. This session discusses a few of these sophisticated approaches to authority in early medieval works of canon law, ranging from erasing references to now inopportune royal support, tinkering with Biblical texts, to implying authoritative provenance when in reality there was little to go on.