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

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

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