Review: Gianmarco De Angelis and Franceso Veronese (eds.), Networks of Bishops, Networks of Texts: Manuscripts, Legal Culture, Tools of Government in Carolingian Italy at the Time of Lothar I (2023)

I’ve reviewed the collected volume ‘Networks of Bishops, Networks of Texts: Manuscripts, Legal Culture, Tools of Government in Carolingian Italy at the Time of Lothar I’ edited by Gianmarco De Angelis and Franceso Veronese for the journal Early Medieval Europe. If you’re interested in early medieval Italy and manuscripts it’s definitely worth checking out. There are a handful of articles that provide great insights into the connections between Carolingian Italy and the rest of the empire north of the Alps, through the careful study of manuscripts....

May 28, 2024 · 1 min · Bastiaan

Hoofdstuk: Waarom priesters wèl bidden voor (bruine) bonen

Afgelopen week is het boek ‘De inventieve middeleeuwen. Praktische kennis en kunde van voor het jaar 1000’ verschenen bij Uitgeverij Verloren. Het is een samenwerking van (veelal Utrechtse) historici die werken aan de vroege middeleeuwen en geïnteresseerd zijn, zoals de titel al aangeeft, in praktische kennis. Het gaat hier dus niet om politiek gemanoeuvreer of theologische debatten, maar over nuttige kennis voor het alledaagse leven. Denk hierbij aan recepten, medische weetjes, gebeden en dieetadvies van voor het jaar duizend....

November 13, 2023 · 2 min · Bastiaan

Teaching supernatural communication, medieval manuscripts and digital editions

During the last semester, I have taught an undergraduate course (Übung) at the Universität Tübingen together with my great colleague Johanna Jebe. The aim of the course was to introduce students to the study of medieval history in general and the study of medieval manuscripts in particular. In this post, I will try to give some insights into the structure of the course, our ideas behind it, and its final result....

November 9, 2023 · 5 min · Bastiaan

Visiting scholarship University of Edinburgh

Some personal news: since the end of September I have been in Edinburgh as a visiting scholar. I am currently working together with prof. dr. Charles West on a book as part of the project ‘Priests in a post-imperial world, 900-1050’. It is slowely taking shape and we hope to finish it at some point next year. Besides writing, I have also given a talk at the medieval seminar in Edinburgh with the title ‘Episcopal manuals and the ordering of knowledge in a post-Carolingian world’....

October 19, 2023 · 1 min · Bastiaan

Article: Bishops, priests and ecclesiastical Discipline in tenth and eleventh-century Lotharingia

The first output of the project I am currently working on has finally been published in the journal Frühmittelalterliche Studien. Together with my colleagues, we wrote a series of articles on priests in the long tenth century, using different types of source material and methodologies to better understand their role in the organisation of pastoral care in the post-Carolingian period. We devote special attention to priests and kinship, tithing, ecclesiastical discipline, and changing normative frameworks surrounding priests....

October 18, 2023 · 1 min · Bastiaan