Session1704
TitleIdeas and Practices of Authority in North-Western Italy, 900-1300
Date/TimeThursday 6 July 2017: 14.15-15.45
 
SponsorDepartment of History, University of Nottingham
 
OrganiserMichele Baitieri, Department of History, University of Nottingham
 
Moderator/ChairRoberta Cimino, School of History, University of St Andrews
 
Paper 1704-a Episcopal Authority in North-Western Italy, 9th and 10th Centuries
(Language: English)
Michele Baitieri, Department of History, University of Nottingham
Index Terms: Canon Law; Ecclesiastical History; Manuscripts and Palaeography
Paper 1704-b Authority and Resistance: The Archbishop in 11th-Century Milan
(Language: English)
James Norrie, Wolfson College, University of Oxford
Index Terms: Ecclesiastical History; Social History
Paper 1704-c Visions of Authority in 13th-Century Vercelli
(Language: English)
Jennifer Shurville, Independent Scholar, Bristol
Index Terms: Art History - General; Ecclesiastical History; Manuscripts and Palaeography
 
AbstractThis session aims to reach a greater understanding of how legitimate authority was articulated and practised in North-Western Italy during the central Middle Ages. Michele Baitieri will examine authority through the lens of 10th-century episcopal councils, while James Norrie will explore the contested basis of the archbishop's authority in 11th-century Milan. Jenny Shurville will consider the ideological representation of 'right order' and authority in diagrammatic manuscripts originating from the cathedral chapter of Sant'Eusebio in 13th-century Vercelli. Together, the papers in this session, drawing on a variety of sources, will provide an overview of the ways authority was constructed in institutional frameworks, and suggest how this might have changed in the region over time.