Publication – « Episcopal Power and Local Society in Medieval Europe, 900-1400 », éd. P. Coss, C. Dennis, M. Julian-Jones, A. Silvestri

The essays collected in this volume analyse aspects of the formation, enhancement and manifestation of episcopal power at the level of its foundation in local society in medieval Europe between 1000 and 1400.

The medieval bishop occupied a position of central importance in European society between 900 and 1400. Indeed, medieval bishops across Europe were involved in an assortment of ecclesiastical and secular affairs, a feature of the episcopal office in this period that ensured their place amongst the most influential figures in their respective milieux. Such prominence has inevitably piqued the interest of modern scholars and a number of important studies focusing on individual aspects of the medieval episcopal office have emerged, notably in recent years. Yet scholarly attention has often been drawn towards the careers of extraordinary bishops, men whose renown was often due to their involvement in both ecclesiastical and secular activities that took them beyond the borders of their dioceses. As a result, there has been a tendency to overlook the significance of the function of the episcopal office within local society, and, in particular, the way that this context shaped episcopal power.

The purpose of this volume is to examine the foundations of episcopal power in medieval Europe by considering its functioning and development at the level of local society. This collection of essays derives from papers delivered at a conference at Cardiff University in May 2013, and is divided into three sections focusing on the construction of episcopal power in local society, the ways in which it was augmented, and the different forms through which it was expressed. The essays have a broad geographical scope and include studies focused on English, French, Italian, and Icelandic dioceses.


Table des matières :

Introduction – Peter Coss, Chris Dennis, Melissa Julian-Jones and Angelo Silvestri

Part I: Constructing Episcopal Power 

Bishops, Chronicles and Historians: the Case of Twelfth-Century Coventry – Peter Coss
Chieftains, Change, and Collaboration: Bishop Árni Þorláksson as the Reformer of the Icelandic Church, 1269-98 – Heidi Anett Overgard Beistad
Ecclesiastical Revival and the Spoils of War: Reconstructing Episcopal Power in the Diocese of Coutances after 1066 – Chris Dennis
The Life, Education and Deeds of Robert Grosseteste: Perceptions of Episcopal Power at Thirteenth-Century Lincoln – Angelo Silvestri
The Power of the Canons? Episcopal Authority and the Cathedral Chapter of Sion (Valais) around 1300 – Mélanie Brunner

Part II: Enhancing Episcopal Power

Episcopal Power and Local Society in the Countryside: the Case of Brescia in the Twelfth Century – Maria Chiara Succurro
Bishop Zoen of Avignon (1241-61) and the Programmatics of Power – Christine Axen
Edges of Episcopal Power: Local Society and the Evolution of Diocesan Borders in Liège (c.900-c.1200) – Jelle Lisson
Holy Bishops and the Shaping of Episcopal Discourse in Early Eleventh-Century Cambrai – Pieter Byttebier
Bishops’ Deputies and Episcopal Power in Medieval Law, c.1150 to c.1350 – Aaron Hope

Part III: Expressing Episcopal Power

New Cathedrals and Old Saints: Expressing Episcopal Power in Durham’s New Cathedral in the Late Eleventh Century – Charlotte Lewandowski
Sealing Episcopal Identity: The Bishops of England 1200-1300 – Melissa Julian-Jones
Popular Perceptions of Episcopal Power in Late Thirteenth-Century Hereford: Thomas Cantilupe and the Case of Christina Cray – Andrew Fleming
‘Despite the Prohibition of the Lord Bishop’: John Grandisson, Bishop of Exeter (1327-1369), and the Illusion of Episcopal Power – John Jenkins

Informations pratiques :
P. Coss, C. Dennis, M. Julian-Jones, A. Silvestri (éd.), Episcopal Power and Local Society in Medieval Europe, 900-1400, Turnhout, Brepols, 2017 (Medieval Church Studies , 38). XI+293 p., 2 b/w ill., 156 x 234 mm, 2017. ISBN: 978-2-503-57340-3. Prix : 80 euros.

Source : Brepols

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