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Bishops were central figures in medieval society and the circumstances of their appointments are of great historical importance. This book considers the theory and practice of free canonical election in its heyday under Henry III and Edward I, and the nature of and reasons for the subsequent transition to papal provision.
Reflecting the focus but also range of their honorand's work in medieval canon law in the era before Gratian, this volume includes essays which explore the creation and transmission of canonical texts and the motives of their compilers.
This book analyses text, image and manuscript layout to deepen our understanding of the different ways in which Alfonso is presented as a learned king in the manuscripts he commissioned, and reassesses the number of manuscripts copied for him.
The Celestine monks of France represent one of the most unheralded but influential monastic reform movements of the later Middle Ages. This book argues their importance as a mirror of the political, intellectual, and Christian reform culture of their age.
Commemorating John Moorman's immense contribution to Franciscan history across five decades, the essays in this collection reflect upon Moorman's diverse writings on biography, hagiography, history, art, and prosopography.
This book explores how the Spanish kingdoms were highly influenced by the arrival of the Dominican and Franciscan friars in the thirteenth century.
This book offers a unique overview on the career and work on Benedict XII, the third pope of Avignone, bringing together nine essays that discuss the existing literature and address original perspectives based on new research.
This book examines the role of the papacy and the crusade in the religious life of the late twelfth through late thirteenth centuries and beyond.
The present volume is inspired both by Joachim of Fiore's lasting influence, which can be found in many places from the early thirteenth century until postmodern times, and by Marjorie Reeves's unsurpassed scholarly achievements and her inspiring personality. British, Continental and American scholars of several generations.
Explores the changing perception of the miracle in medieval western society. This book employs several sources, including canonization dossiers, hagiographical texts, theological treatises and sermons, to examine the Christian church's desire to create a sounder legal definition of the miracle.
Looks at art in the formative period of the Augustinian Hermits, an order with a particularly difficult relation to art. This book discusses both well-known and neglected artworks, engaging with fundamental methodological questions for pre-modern art and church history, from the creation of religious iconographies to the role of gender in art.
Adrian IV was born in England, spent his early maturity in Provence, was called to Rome and sent from there to Scandinavia. Finally in 1154 he was elected Pope. These essays explore the life of Adrian and his influences on society and the church.
Providing a systematic study of the stages in the life, miracles and posthumous cult of Peter of Verona, this book deals with the controversial issues of his life and explores the cult of Peter Martyr. It is useful to students of papal canonization, the Dominican order, the Inquisition, hagiography, and local history.
Addresses issues relating to the compilation and transmission of canon law collections, the role of bishops in their dissemination, as well as the interpretation and use of law in the eleventh and twelfth centuries.
Discusses issues such as episcopal (self-)representation, conceptualization of office and authority, cultural production (images, texts, material objects, space) and ecclesiology/ideology. This book contends that ideas about episcopal office and conduct were conditioned by and contingent upon time, place, and pastoral constituency.
A detailed study of Hugh of Flavigny and his chronicle, which is recognised as one of the most important narratives of a crucial period of European history, that is, the Investiture Contest. This work also investigates the context of the work in terms of ecclesiastical politics.
An approach that opens up the question of how religious reform took place and challenges ecclesiological models that remains too focussed on structures in a manner artificial for pre-modern Europe. This work takes issue with the problem of what constitutes reform, reformations, and historians' notions of the periodization of reform.
Concerns social and religious life in the city of Toulouse during the period 1150 - 1250 AD. This book reveals how religious orders managed an insurance network providing pensions, old age care and burial for lay society. The chapters on hospitals, charities, entertainers, judges, heretics and usurers bring the daily life of the period to life.
Dating from the fourth century AD, the prophecy of the 'Sibylla Tiburtina' was one of medieval Europe's most widely disseminated Latin eschatological prophecies. This study addresses the variety of non-political interests and concerns which medieval readers brought to the prophecy.
Contains papers by a number of students of Robert Louis Benson that deal with matters central to Benson's historical interests - ecclesiastical institutions and administration, emperorship and papacy, canon law, political ideology, and historiography. This book aims to contribute to the study of the Middle Ages.
Hugh of Amiens (c 1085-1164) was an important intellectual figure in the twelfth century. This book examines all of Hugh's writings to uncover a better understanding not only of this individual, but also of the twelfth-century as a whole, especially the theological preoccupations of the period.
Explores ways in which Rome itself was preserved, envisioned, and transformed by its residents, and also by the many pilgrims who flocked to the shrines of the martyrs. This book considers how northern European cultures (in particular, the Irish and English) imagined and imitated the city as they understood it.
Presents a study of Burchard's "Decretum", a popular book of Catholic canon law compiled just after the year 1000. This book provides a window into the development of legal and theological reasoning in the medieval West, and suggests that the flowering of law and theology began far earlier, and for different reasons, than scholars had supposed.