The second day of the CoSyn Workshop proved just as lively as the first. Maureen Miller (UC Berkeley) moderated the first session, at which Christine Barralis (Université de Lorraine) discussed the topic of libertas ecclesiae in late medieval French legislation, Arnaud Fossier (Université de Bourgogne) offered new insights into the intersection of penitential and judicial practices in Italian statutes, and Tony Perron (Loyola Marymount) drew our attention to the strange things happening in medieval English cemeteries in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries.
The afternoon session featured papers by Véronique Beaulande-Barraud (Université de Reims) on the manuscript tradition of the Liber synodalis of Reims; by Emmanuël Falzone (Université catholique de Louvain / Université Saint-Louis – Bruxelles) on the emergence of consistory courts and the diffusion of statutes concerning episcopal officials; and by Jeffrey Wayno (Columbia University) on the implementation of Lateran IV in the province of Rouen.
And appropriately enough (given the lively intellectual exchanges), the end of the workshop was marked by a spectacular fireworks display (courtesy of Stanford Baseball)!
The third CoSyn Workshop is off to a great start! The day began with an overview of the Corpus Synodalium database and progress, followed by presentations of work-in-progress by Stanford graduate students Ana Núñez and Lane Baker. The afternoon session, moderated by Fiona Griffiths (Stanford), featured papers by Michelle Armstrong-Partida (UTexas-El Paso) on concubinage and clandestine marriage in late medieval Catalonia, Carole Avignon (Angers) on the vocabulary of betrothal, and Sara McDougall (John Jay College of Criminal Law-CUNY Graduate Ctr) on the treatment of illicit pregnancy in northern French ecclesiastical legislation. The afternoon concluded with a keynote address by Charles Donahue, Jr. (Harvard Law School) on the (very appropriate!) topic of “Why Should Anyone Care about Medieval Synodal Legislation?” – a question to which the day’s collective discussions offered a rich set of answers!
Work continues on the Digital Atlas of medieval ecclesiastical jurisdictions. Here Stanford undergraduate Lauren Schlansky (’19), who started working on the atlas in January 2019, reflects on her contribution:
“I joined the project about a year after its creation. Using existing maps and records, my predecessors on the project were able to create a digital map of diocesan boundaries in late medieval Europe. My primary role in the project has been to represent on a new layer of the map provincial jurisdictions in Medieval Europe between 1200 and 1500, and to accurately reflect the changes in jurisdiction between the different provinces. The provinces, which encompassed and presided over multiple dioceses, frequently gained and lost jurisdiction over different dioceses, making their representation on a single map challenging. The dynamic and interactive aspect of this map, however, affords us the ability to trace the changes in jurisdiction in Medieval Europe over time on a single map. Using the mapping software ArcGIS, I created multiple shapefiles for each province, in which each shapefile represents the province’s new boundary for a particular period of time. With a click of a button on the map, we can progress temporally — from 1200 to 1300, for example — and visually track the changes in provincial boundaries. Together, the digital map and the textual corpus of local ecclesiastical legislation, to which the map is connected, will allow us to better understand the movement and influence of laws, as new laws were promulgated or ignored by different regional, provincial, and diocesan jurisdictions over time.”