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Programme May 2013

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‘In the Hands of God’s Servants’:

The Power of the Bishop in Western Europe


Conference dates:                 Thursday 23th, Friday 24th May, 2013


Location:                                University of Cardiff- Wales


Theme:                              The power of the bishop in Medieval Europe: 1066 – 1400





Thursday 23th May


9.00 – 9.30

Registration, room 2.51 John Percival Building


9.30 – 10.30

Introductory talk: room 2.48

Prof. Peter Coss

Bishops, Chronicles and Historian: the case of Twelfth-Century Coventry



10.30 – 11.00

Tea and Coffee, room 2.51



11.00 – 12.30

Session 1 room 2.48

CHAIR: Chris Dennis



Matthew Mesley

(University of Zürich)

Between Two Engelbert’s (1216-1274): Conflict and Co-operation between the Bishops of Cologne and the Aristocracy


Pieter Byttebier

(University of Ghent)

Holy Bishops and the Shaping of Episcopal Discourse in early eleventh-century Cambrai


Heidi Anett Øvergård Beistad

(The Norwegian University of Science and Technology)

Libertas ecclesiae in the ecclesiastical periphery –Árni Ϸorláksoon and the reform of the Icelandic church

12.30 – 1.30


1.30 – 3.00

Session 2 room 2.48

CHAIR: Angelo Silvestri


Andrew Fleming

(Oxford University)

The Hanged Woman: Christina Cray’s experience of episcopal authority in the church of St Martin’s, Hereford in 1294


Charlotte Lewandowski

(Birmingham University)

New cathedrals and Old saints: negotiating episcopal power on a local stage


Sorin Damian

(Nottingham University)

Pope Innocent III and the cult of St Homobonus


3.00 – 3.30

Tea and Coffee


3.30 – 5.00

Session 3 room 2.48

CHAIR: William Aird


Maria Chiara Succurro

(University of Florence)

Abbot or Bishop? Episcopal power in the countryside: the case of Brescia, Northern Italy (12th century)


Chris Dennis

(Cardiff University)

The cult of Saint Lô and the restoration of episcopal power in the diocese of Coutances in the eleventh century.


Melanie Brunner

(Leeds University)

A local church for local people? Bishop, dean and chapter in Sion (Valais)



Round table: teaching and learning


Conference Dinner

Friday 24th May



9.30 – 10.30

Keynote speaker

Stephen Marritt

(Glasgow University)

Anglo-Norman Bishops and ‘Power’?’


10.30 – 11.00

Tea and Coffee



11.00 – 12.30

Session 4 room 2.48

CHAIR: Peter Coss


William Aird

(Edinburgh University)

Just how bad was Ranulf Flambard? Episcopal discipline and reputation in the early twelfth century.


Melissa Julian Jones

(Cardiff University)

“Visual Expressions of Episcopal Power and Identity in Thirteenth Century England”


Jelle Lisson

(University of Louvain)

The territorial policies of the bishops of Liège: the conflict zone between the diocese of Liège, the Duchy of Brabant and the County of Looz during the High Middle Ages.



12.30 – 1.30


1.30 – 3.00

Session 5 room 2.48

CHAIR: Melissa Julian Jones


Angelo Silvestri

(Cardiff University)

Bishop Robert Grosseteste: a research about his life and education


Matt Phillips

(Nottingham University)

Petitions to the Crown from the Bishops of England and Wales, c 1272-1307


John Jenkins

(Oxford University)

“Despite the prohibition of the Lord Bishop”: John Grandisson and the illusion of episcopal power


3.00 – 3.30

Tea and Coffee


3.30 – 5.00

Session 6 room 2.48

CHAIR: James Jenkins


Francesco Terlizzi 

(University of Bologna)

Norman Anonymous


Christine Axen

(Boston University)

Bishop Zoen of Avignon and Programmatics of Power


Aaron Hope

(University College London)

Hireling Shepherds: Bishops’ Deputies and Episcopal Power in medieval Law.


5.00 – 6.00

CHAIR: Prof. Peter Coss

Final conclusions






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