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 · 1 min · 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 · 1 min · 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 · 1 min · Bastiaan

Review: Gaëlle Calvet-Marcadé, Assassin des pauvres. L’Église et l’inaliénabilité des terres à l’époque carolingienne (2018)

Recently, I’ve written a review of Gaëlle Calvet-Marcadé’s book Assassin des pauvres. L’Église et l’inaliénabilité des terres à l’époque carolingienne for Francia Recensio. An interesting read for those working on early medieval intellectual history. You can read the review here....

May 7, 2021 · 1 min · Bastiaan

Online manuscript research

Doing online manuscript research is not that difficult, if you know where to look. In this short overview, I will present some of the most useful websites for doing such a task. The information we are looking for requires little prior knowledge. Still, it might be useful to have some basic understanding of codicology and palaeography when looking at scans. For that purpose, I recommend reading the first chapter (esp. pp....

April 29, 2021 · 5 min · Bastiaan