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Bishops' Identities, Careers and Networks

May 26, 2017 - May 27, 2017
Centre for Scandinavian Studies, University of Aberdeen

Kings College, KCF22
University of Aberdeen
Aberdeen AB24 3DS
United Kingdom

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Bishops were powerful individuals who had considerable spiritual, economic and political power. To be a bishop was to be a leader who might crown kings or foment rebellion. So who became bishops? What were their family backgrounds, educational attainment, social networks? What was the impact of international Church events such as the Great Schism or the Council of Basle on the types of bishop appointed in individual dioceses? This conference brings together scholars studying medieval bishops and their networks from across Europe, including Spain, Italy, Portugal, France, Poland, the British Isles and Scandinavia.

The aim of this two-day conference, funded by an AHRC Early Career Research Grant, is to stimulate discussion on how individuals achieved a bishopric in Europe, including Scandinavia and the British Isles. An edited volume is the planned outcome for the conference.

Keynote speakers include Professor Steinar Imsen (NTNU), Professor Sverrir Jaboksson (University of Iceland), Professor Kirsi Salonen (University of Turku) and Dr Katherine Harvey (Birkbeck)

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April 12, 2017, 11:45pm BST

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