The Bishop Reformed

Studies of Episcopal Power and Culture in the Central Middle Ages
Editor(s): 
Ott, John S.
Editor(s): 
Trumbore Jones, Anna
ISBN: 
9780754657651
Date published: 
August 2007
Hardback
Pages: 
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In the period following the collapse of the Carolingian Empire up to the Fourth Lateran Council (1215), the episcopate everywhere in Europe experienced substantial and important change. How did the medieval bishop, unquestionably one of the most powerful figures of the Middle Ages, respond to these and other historical changes? In this volume of interdisciplinary studies drawn from literary scholarship, art history, and history, the editors and contributors propose less a conventional socio-political reading of the episcopate and more of a 'cultural' reading of bishops that, especially, is concerned with issues such as episcopal (self-)representation, conceptualization of office and authority, cultural production (images, texts, material objects, space) and ecclesiology/ideology.