By Michael Edward Moore
Drawing at the documents of approximately a hundred bishops' councils spanning the centuries, along royal legislations, edicts, and capitularies of a similar interval, this research info how royal legislation and the very personality of kingship one of the Franks have been profoundly plagued by episcopal traditions of legislations and social order.
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49 Other early councils, such as Arles (314), are not preserved in complete stenographic reports, but in a much shorter form of publication, ending with the identity of the place of assembly and a subscription list of those who attended. Parallels between senatorial procedure and that of councils of bishops have often been noted, although somewhat different modes of procedure were used from one council to another. 51 Philippe Buc has insisted that rituals such as those recorded in conciliar records should not be viewed in line with the “functionalist baggage” of anthropology.
TCCG, vol. 3, Provinces ecclesiastiques de Vienne et d’Arles (Viennensis et Alpes graiae et poeninae) (Paris: 1986), 17–35. 20. Claire Sotinel, “Le personnel épiscopal: Enquête sur la puissance d l’évêque dans la cité,” in L’Évêque dans la cité du IVe au Ve siècle: Image et autorité, edited by E. Robillard and C. Sotinel, 105–26; see 115–16 (Rome: 1987). 21. Jeremy K. d. 235–700 (Stroud: 1999), 76. 22. Loseby, “Bishops and Cathedrals,” 152; see also Marc Heijmans, Arles durant l’antiquité tardive: De la Duplex Arelas à l’Urbs Genesii (Rome: 2004), 262; Rapp, Holy Bishops, 209–10.
31 The aristocratic groups of southern Gaul attempted to moderate the impact of imperial power and its intervention in the affairs of the church. The participation of bishops in regional governance, as religious figures protected by the sanction of holiness, added the subtle complicating element of religion. In the setting of the episcopal council the bishops of Gaul created and elaborated a legal and moral tradition to which they soon looked back as if it were something ancient and authoritative.
A Sacred Kingdom: Bishops and the Rise of Frankish Kingship, 300-850 by Michael Edward Moore