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Episcopal power and personality in medieval Europe 900-1480

Coss, P., Dennis, C., Julian-Jones, M. ORCID: and Silvestri, A., eds. 2020. Episcopal power and personality in medieval Europe 900-1480. Medieval Church Studies, Brepols Publishers.

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The essays collected in this volume explore the power of the medieval bishop through the neglected and problematic lens of personality, tackling the construction and presentation of medieval personalities by historians and medieval writers in an interdisciplinary manner.The question of personality is a problematic one, beset by complications of cultural distance, the layers of the past, and the limitations of the source material.Recognising these difficulties, this volume draws together character sketches based upon historical narratives and a range of sources, including architecture, liturgical manuscripts, chronicles, and hagiographical material, to show a multifaceted range of means by which historians can construct, reconstruct, and deconstruct episcopal power through the person of the bishop.Building on a previous volume of essays, Episcopal Power and Local Society in Medieval Europe, 900-1400, which examined the construction, augmentation, and expression of episcopal power in local society, this second volume seeks to uncover the impact of the personalities behind that power. Through essays dealing with the construction of cultural and political personalities, the shadows they cast, and the contexts that forged them, this volume brings to life the careers of bishops across medieval Europe from c. 900 to c. 1480. This geographical range and broad time span throws up the similarity in applications and benefits of interdisciplinarity which can be applied to ecclesiastical history, and presents a fascinating range of case studies for consideration.

Item Type: Book
Book Type: Edited Book
Status: Published
Schools: Modern Languages
Publisher: Brepols Publishers
ISBN: 9782503585000
Last Modified: 11 Nov 2022 09:38

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