A Sacred Kingdom: Bishops and the Rise of Frankish Kingship, by Michael Edward Moore

By Michael Edward Moore

Drawing at the files of approximately a hundred bishops' councils spanning the centuries, along royal legislation, edicts, and capitularies of an identical interval, this examine info how royal legislation and the very personality of kingship one of the Franks have been profoundly suffering from episcopal traditions of legislation and social order.

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Episcopal claims to religious authority, an emerging governmental style, and a specialized language may all be found in the conciliar records. By the fourth century, moreover, bishops expected their voices to be heard. They preserved a familiar type of aristocratic leadership, but transposed into a new Christian key, with a new ethical tone. ”5 Local elites of the late Empire were adept at mediating between the distant scene of imperial power and the local world of their constituencies. Bishops proved to be well-prepared to take over that mediating role as the arrival of barbarian tribes began to transform the Roman world.

50. Sotinel, “Le personnel épiscopal,” 108. 51. Gaudemet, L’Église dans l’empire, 451–52. 52. Philippe Buc, “Political Rituals and Political Imagination in the Medieval West from the Fourth Century to the Eleventh,” in The Medieval World, edited by Peter Linehan and Janet L. Nelson (London: 2001), 189–213; see esp. 190. On the crafting of textualized rituals, see also Buc, The Dangers of Ritual: Between Early Medieval Texts and Social Scientific Theory (Princeton: 2001), 9. 53. See Patzold’s critical discussion of Buc: Episcopus, 527–30.

76 Viewed broadly, Christianity was a possession of the “people of the faithful” ( fidelium populus), but as an empirical society it took shape in 70. H. Lesètre, “Gentils,” in Dictionnaire de la Bible, by F. Vigouroux (Paris: 1907–1912), 3:189–92; see also Charles du Fresne du Cange, “Gentiles,” Glossarium mediae et infimae latinitatis, edited and supplemented by D. P. Carpenter and G. A. L. Henschel (Graz: 1954), 4:57: “Ces cinq éléments permettent une multiplicité de combinaisons, et donc de slogans,” François Paschoud, “Le mythe de Rome à la fin de l’empire et dans les royaumes romano-barbares,” in Passaggio dal mondo antico al medio evo da Teodosio a san Gregorio Magno (Rome: April 25–28, 1977), atti dei convegni Lincei 45 (Rome: 1980), 123–38; see 134.

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