Noble Lord, Good Shepherd

Episcopal Power and Piety in Aquitaine, 877-1050


The bishop was a figure of unparalleled importance in the tenth and eleventh centuries, as he married the advantages of his noble birth to the sacramental and pastoral role of bishop, drawing upon the resultant range of powers to intervene in all areas of life. Scholarship on the episcopate in this period, however, has tended to cluster around two themes: the role of bishops in the fragmentation of the Carolingian Empire and the critiques of these bishops levied by certain church reformers. This book moves beyond these subjects and examines the full scope of bishops’ activities in southwest France, as they ruled their cathedrals, interacted with lay powers, patronized religious communities, and wrestled with the complex nature of their office.
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Biographical Note

Anna Trumbore Jones, Ph.D. (2003) in History, Columbia University, is Associate Professor of History at Lake Forest College. She is co-editor of The Bishop Reformed: Studies of Episcopal Power and Culture in the Central Middle Ages (Ashgate, 2007).

Table of contents


1. Introduction: In Bishops We Honor or Deny the Lord
2. Ad locum sanctum, ad stipendia fratrum: The Bishop and His Cathedral
3. If the Count Should Send a Bishop: Lay Authority and the Bishops of Aquitaine
4. Episcopal Authority at Religious Communities
5. Episcopal Foundation, Restoration, and Reform of Religious Houses
6. Aiding the Servants of Faith: Bishops and Donations to Religious Houses
7. Conclusion: Ideals of Episcopal Power in Tenth-Century Aquitaine



All those interested in the history of France, the Church, bishops, the year 1000, and the "feudal revolution."


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