Third Hagiotheca International Symposium: Saintly Bishops and Bishops’ Saints

May 27, 2010 - 09:30 - May 30, 2010 - 17:00
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A symposium co-organized


the Croatian Hagiography Association “Hagiotheca”


International Hagiography Society


Poreč, Episcopal Palace




Wednesday 26

Welcome reception, Hotel “Luna“ (20:00)


Thursday 27

Registration (9:30 – 10:30)

Opening remarks (10:30 – 11:30)

• Ott, John S. “Between Earth and Heaven: Saintly Bishops and Bishops' Saints in Medieval Christendom“

Morning session (11:30 – 13:00)

Model of holy bishops

• Sághy, Marianne. “Holy Bishops in Fourth-Century Rome”

• Beard, John Marcus. “Public Displays of Asceticism: Holy Bishops and the Conversion of Gaul in the Vita Sancti Martini”

• Chai-Elsholz, Raeleen. “Bishops, Saints and Servitude”

Lunch break (13:00 – 16:00)


• Matejčić, Ivan. “La cattedrale di Parenzo e il culto di San Mauro” (16:00)

• Euphrasian basilica & episcopal complex, guidance Ivan Matejčić (17:00)

• Book launch: Identity and Alterity in Hagiography and the Cult of Saints (18:00)


Friday 28

Morning session (9.30 – 13.30)

Holy Bishops in the West

• Anderson, Rachel S. “A Mutually Beneficial Alliance: The Bishop Saint Æthelwold and Queen Ælfthryth of England”

• Ott, John S. “Episcopal Sanctity in the Archdiocese of Reims, 1050-1150”

• Reames, Sherry. “Popular Images of Saintly Bishops in Late Medieval England“

Coffee break

Critique of bishops

• Bartelen, Monika. “The troubling tale of the life and death of Archbishop Engelbert of Cologne”

• Smirnova, Victoria. “No Way to Salvation for German Bishops? The Case of Saint Engelbert of Cologne”


Lunch break (13:30 – 15:30)

Afternoon (15:30 – 18:30)

Holy Bishops in the East

• Vuolanto, Ville. “A Self-Made Living Saint? The Case of Theodoret of Cyrrhus’s (d. 466)”

• Efthymiadis, Stephanos. “The Place of Holy and Unholy Bishops in Byzantine Hagiographic Narrative (8th-12th c.)”


Coffee break


Holy Bishops on the Adriatic

• Miladinov, Marina. “Successio apostolica and power relations in Istria in the Age of Justinian and beyond”

• Vedriš, Trpimir. “Saintly bishop without hagiography?: The origins of the cult of Saint Donatus in Zadar“


Saturday 29

Morning session (9:30 – 13.30)

Bishops and saints

• Heffernan, Thomas. “Gender and the Sources of Authority in Augustine's Sermons on Perpetua and Felicity”

• Nixon, Virginia. “Bad Bishops: The Image of the Hostile Bishop in the Late Medieval Northern Lives of Saint Anne”

• Larmon Peterson, Janine. “Episcopal Authority and Disputed Sanctity in Late Medieval Italy”

Coffee break

The power of bishops

• Gatti, Evan. “A Bishop’s Blessing on the Border or In-Between: The Frontispiece in the Benedictional of Engilmar”

• Kuzmová, Stanislava. “The Pastor Bonus Saint Stanislaus of Cracow in Sermons and the Bishop Saints as Exemplars in the Late Middle Ages”

• Katajala-Peltomaa, Sari. ”Bishops Fighting with Demons: Examples of the Nordic Canonization Processes”

Lunch break (13:30 – 15:30)

Afternoon (15.30 – 18.30)

Holy Bishops and abbots

• Defries, David J. “The Master’s Bishop: the Ecclesiology of the Regula Magistri and Its Influence on the Vitae ss. Audomari, Bertini, Winnoci’

• Cuppo, Luciana. “Benedict, father of monks, in the chronicle of Mellitus, bishop of London”

• Gaşpar, Cristian. “Failed Bishop or Perfect Monk? Constructing Models of Sanctity in Canaparius’ Vita of St. Adalbert of Prague [BHL 37]”

Coffee break

Concluding discussion (chaired by Gábor Klaniczay)



Sunday 30

Excursion (9:00- ca. 17:00): Novigrad and medieval fresco cycles in hinterland Istria (guidance by Ivan Matejčić) - with lunch