Hallo 👋, I am Bastiaan Waagmeester

an historian working on medieval written culture.

I am interested in religious education, priests, the compilation of manuscripts and texts - and digital humanities. Besides tinkering with digital editions, I am currently working as a postdoc on the project 'Priests in a post-imperial world, c. 900-1050' at the Universität Tübingen.

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Review: Julio Escalona Monge, Orri Vénsteinsson, Stuart Brookes (eds.), Polity and neighbourhood in early medieval Europe (2019)

A while ago, I’ve written a review on the collected volume Polity and neighbourhood in early medieval Europe edited by Julia Escalona Monge, Orri Vésteinsson and Stuart Brookes which has now been published in the Rottenburger Jahrbuch für Kirchengeschichte (2021). In the volume, comparative historical approaches are used to study the influence of external political power on everyday life and vice-versa. The review can be read in the RJKG and, at some point, also here....

November 7, 2022 Â· 1 min Â· Bastiaan

A network of episcopal handbooks

Today I wrote a new blog post for the ‘Post-imperial priests’-project, where I delve deeper into a network of episcopal handbooks. After working on the manuscript Troyes, MJC, Ms. 1979 for a while, I noticed that there are various other manuscripts with comparable contents from the same period. In the coming months, I will examine this network further to hopefully know more about tenth-century bishops and their priests. The blog post can be seen as a first step in that direction....

July 15, 2022 Â· 1 min Â· Bastiaan

How diocesan synods helped priests to stay sharp

Building on my last post for the ‘Post-imperial priests’-project, I have written a new entry for the blog. This time I’m looking into the organization of local synods in the tenth and eleventh century and how priests were examined at these events. The manuscript I’m using is Troyes, MJC, Ms. 1979. Read the blog entry here....

November 1, 2021 Â· 1 min Â· Bastiaan

Priests, pastoral compendia and the laity in the Carolingian local church

It came a bit as a surprise, but I’ve been able to publish my first article! In the bundle Kleriker und Laien. Verfestigung und Verflüssigung einer Grenze im Mittelalter edited by Jonathan Reinert and Volker Leppin you’ll find an article by me (pp. 17-35) on a priest’s book. It’s titled ‘Priests, pastoral compendia and the laity in the Carolingian local church: The case of Sélestat, Bibliothèque humaniste, Ms. 132’ and is a byproduct of the research I did for my dissertation but was unable to fit in....

July 4, 2021 Â· 1 min Â· Bastiaan

What local priests were supposed to know

On the blog of the ‘Post-imperial priests’-project, I wrote a short post on my most recent research questions. The post is about Atto of Vercelli’s (ca. 885-957/8) episcopal statutes and what kind of knowledge he expected his priests to have. Read it here....

May 31, 2021 Â· 1 min Â· Bastiaan