Event Title

Canon, Code, and Cloister: A Legal History of the Nuns' Revolt at Sainte-Croix, 589-591

Presenter Information

Jake Purcell

Location

Science Center, K209

Document Type

Presentation

Start Date

4-27-2012 1:30 PM

End Date

4-27-2012 2:30 PM

Abstract

Despite the significant amount of research done on the various legal systems, both civil and ecclesiastical, of early medieval Europe, little exists to explain how distinct codes functioned in practice. This project examines a complex legal case in which several nuns revolted against their abbess in sixth-century Gaul. The dispute reveals how discrete administrative structures could be applied simultaneously while remaining differentiated, and how this interplay served as a technical requirement to define the community as a legal unit.

Notes

Session I, Panel 6: Us and Them: Explorations of the Boundaries of Identity
Moderator: Len Smith, Chair and Professor of History

Major

History; Bassoon Performance

Advisor(s)

Ellen Wurtzel, History
George Sakakeeny, Bassoon

Project Mentor(s)

Ellen Wurtzel, History

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Canon, Code, and Cloister: A Legal History of the Nuns' Revolt at Sainte-Croix, 589-591

Science Center, K209

Despite the significant amount of research done on the various legal systems, both civil and ecclesiastical, of early medieval Europe, little exists to explain how distinct codes functioned in practice. This project examines a complex legal case in which several nuns revolted against their abbess in sixth-century Gaul. The dispute reveals how discrete administrative structures could be applied simultaneously while remaining differentiated, and how this interplay served as a technical requirement to define the community as a legal unit.