This volume is the first one in a collection connected to the PRIN project on Ruling in hard times. Patterns of Power and practices of government in the making of Carolingian Italy. Its focus lays on bishops and their networks of relationships in late-8th and 9th-century Italy. The episcopal contribution to the inclusion of the Lombard kingdom in the Carolingian social and political landscape is especially analyzed from the perspective of the cultural exchanges (of ideas, texts, and manuscripts) that bishops created or used to carry out their public and pastoral duties. Each paper focuses on a specific episcopal figure or area, reconstructing the scope and extent of the relationships of which they were the pivot. The aim is to provide as comprehensive a picture as possible of the cultural networks that crossed Carolingian Italy and the ways in which bishops shaped and made use of them.
Gianmarco De Angelis, Francesco VeroneseEpiscopal authority and networks in Carolingian times: recent approaches and perspectives
Laura PaniLothar’s manuscripts, manuscripts for Lothar, manuscripts of Lothar’s time
Miriam Rita TesseraA fragmentary story: episcopal culture in Milan during Lothar I’s reign?
Francesco VeroneseThe struggle for (self-)integration. Manuscripts, liturgy and networks in Verona at the time of Bishop Ratold (c. 802-840/3)
Michael W. HeilCanons, books of canons, and ecclesiastical judgments in Carolingian Italy: the Council of Mantua, 827
Edward M. SchoolmanRepresentations of Lothar I in the Liber pontificalis Ravennatis
Edoardo Manarini«Per Padum fluvium termino currente usque [...] Civitatem Novam atque Mutinam». Consolidation and affirmation of the Church of Modena and Its bishops in 9th-entury Carolingian Italy
Paolo TomeiWriting, textuality, politics in the Lucca of Bishops Berengar and Ambrose (837-852)
Maddalena BettiThe two versions of the life of Pope Sergius II in the Liber pontificalis. Anti-Frankish feeling in Rome after Louis II’s expedition of 844
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