CFP (deadline approaching): Medieval Bishop as Patron

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Call for Papers
May 30, 2019 to May 31, 2019
United Kingdom
Subject Fields: 
Art, Art History & Visual Studies, European History / Studies, Medieval and Byzantine History / Studies, Religious Studies and Theology, Social History / Studies

Call for Papers

2019 #PoB4


This time, the Power of the Bishop team are joining with the Episcopus Society for the 2019 conference, exploring the theme of Episcopal Patronage from Late Antiquity to c.1500. We want to put together thematic panels that compare and contrast uses, abuses and outcomes of bishops as patrons across time and geographical boundaries.

We are looking for papers that explore, but are not limited to:

* Art and architecture

* Music and Liturgy

* Manuscripts and Literary Culture

* Saint Cults and Pilgrimage Routes

* Education and Social Advancement

* Socio-political networks, the advancement of families and individuals

* When episcopal patronage goes wrong – the failures and abuses of episcopal patronage and its results


Abstracts should be no more than 500 words.


This year we are accepting abstracts in English, Italian and French.


**If selected then papers and book chapters must be in English**


Email abstracts to: powerofthebishop (at) gmail (dot) com with the subject line ABSTRACT POB4 by no later than 01 February 2019.

Register here:


About Us

The Bishop was a powerful figure in the Middle Ages, and we have explored several facets of episcopal power in our conference series and accompanying edited volumes. Episcopal Power and Local Society, based on the theme of our first conference in 2013, was published by Brepols in 2017. The second volume in the series, Episcopal Personalities, is currently in production with Brepols. The third volume, based on our 2017 conference The Medieval Bishop as Diplomat, is currently being prepared.

We hope to publish selected papers from this conference as fully developed book chapters with an estimated 18-24 month turnaround from the date of the conference. This volume will also be submitted to Brepols for their Church History series, and will undergo peer review. The organising team are also the co-editors of the volumes with Prof Em. Peter Coss and this year we are joined by Assoc Prof Evan Gatti.

All volumes with Brepols undergo peer review.


About the Venue

Sarum College, 19 The Close, Salisbury, SP1 2EE


For the first time we are moving the conference from its home at Cardiff University to the Cathedral Close at Salisbury where we can see Episcopal Patronage in action!

Sarum College has reserved 40 rooms of various types (singles, twins, doubles) on site for delegates and speakers quoting “Power of the Bishop Conference 30-31 May”. These rooms start at around £43 per night for their basic single rooms and can be booked directly with the College on a first-come-first-served basis. Contact them on (+44)1722 424800 or visit their website for their email address and more information including accessibility requirements.

AV equipment is available in the ground floor lecture room where the conference will be held.

Catering (tea and coffee breaks and lunch) will also be on site in Sarum College. Please let us know about dietary requirements when you register.

There are several other hotels and B&Bs in the city, including the White Hart, the Red Lion, and the King’s Head Inn.

Contact Info: 

Power of the Bishop team:

Prof Em Peter Coss, Assoc Prof Evan Gatti, Dr Melissa Julian-Jones, Dr Angelo Silvestri, Dr Chris Dennis