Session229
TitleBishops and Lords in Pursuit of Social Order: Loyalties in Peace and Reform
Date/TimeMonday 7 July 2014: 14.15-15.45
 
SponsorEpiscopus: Society for the Study of Bishops and Secular Clergy in the Middle Ages / Conventus: Problems of Religious Communal Life in the High Middle Ages
 
OrganiserBrigitte Meijns, Department of History, KU Leuven
 
Moderator/ChairSteven Vanderputten, Vakgroep Geschiedenis, Universiteit Gent
 
Paper 229-a My Uncle, the (Arch)Bishop: Nepotism, Expediency, and the English Benedictine Reform
(Language: English)
Tracey-Anne Cooper, Department of History, St John's University, Queens, New York
Index Terms: Ecclesiastical History; Monasticism; Religious Life
Paper 229-b Friends are Silver, Family is Gold: Episcopal Sees and Aristocratic Clans in the Church Province of Rheims, 10th-11th Centuries
(Language: English)
Jelle Lisson, Department of History, KU Leuven
Index Terms: Ecclesiastical History; Genealogy and Prosopography; Religious Life
Paper 229-c The Pax Dei in Modern Historiography: Concepts, Methods, Debates
(Language: English)
Sam Janssens, Vakgroep Geschiedenis, Universiteit Gent
Index Terms: Ecclesiastical History; Historiography - Modern Scholarship; Religious Life; Social History
 
AbstractThis session explores the various ways in which central medieval bishops tried to impose and maintain social order. Bishops often vacillated between loyalty towards their family and the defense of the interests of their church. Especially in times of religious reform or during periods of social turmoil the actions of the bishops could be heavily influenced by the destinies of the aristocratic clans to which they belonged. These three papers deal with the intricacies of the episcopal office against the background of the transformation of 10th- and early 11th-century West European society.