This seminar is designed as an introduction to the wide variety of historical sources produced by bishops from roughly the fifth to the fifteenth centuries as well as to the ways historians have used them to explore the medieval past. Among the sources we may consider are letters, wills and tombs, liturgical ordines and vestments, charters and registers, visitation records, hagiographical (vitae, miracle collections) and other biographical sources: the Roman Liber pontificalis and its echoes in episcopal gesta, sagas, etc. General histories and theological tracts will not be treated, but the particularly sophisticated records of the Roman see will be in order to explore papal influence and episcopal independence over the Middle Ages. While Italian examples will feature prominently, the geographical interests of students registered in the seminar will determine the final syllabus (those intending to register are encouraged to email the instructor). Doctoral candidates in history have the option of developing a research (285) paper through the seminar. A reading knowledge of Latin and either French or German is required.
This is also 285B.002, CCN 39900.