Session1518
TitleMedieval Papacy, c. 500-1500, III: Communication, Authority, and Governance at the Curia
Date/TimeThursday 8 July 2021: 09.00-10.30
 
OrganiserBenedict Wiedemann, Fitzwilliam College, University of Cambridge
Agata Zielinska, Independent Scholar, London
 
Moderator/ChairMari-Liis Neubauer, Graduate Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Reading
 
Paper 1518-a We Are Touched Inwardly with Sorrow of Heart: Emotions in the Writing of Pope Innocent III and His Curia, 1198-1216
(Language: English)
Kirsty Day, Institut for Politik og Samfund, Aalborg Universitet
Index Terms: Ecclesiastical History; Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 1518-b How to Negotiate the Papal-Imperial Relationship in a Climate of Distrust in the Middle of the 13th Century
(Language: English)
Benjamin Torn, Historisches Seminar, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
Index Terms: Ecclesiastical History; Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 1518-c New Towns and Their Implications for Papal Government in Medieval Central Italy, 1150-1275
(Language: English)
Jack Watkins, Department of History, Classics & Archaeology, Birkbeck, University of London
Index Terms: Ecclesiastical History; Geography and Settlement Studies
 
AbstractThe third of a series of sessions on the 'Medieval Papacy, c.500-1500'. This session examines communication, authority and governance at the papal court. Paper-a contends that emotive language and imagery in the writings of Innocent III's curia enhances understanding of papal authority, both in conveying the supreme authority of the papacy and in gendering papal authority; paper-b looks at how trust in the envoys used for communication between Emperor Frederick II and Popes Gregory IX and Innocent IV was established; paper-c explores how successive popes engaged with the construction of new towns in central Italy during the late 12th and 13th century; the dynamics of peasant mobility played a significant role in papal strategies in the face of hostile emperors and larger cities.