By Michael Edward Moore
Drawing at the files of approximately a hundred bishops' councils spanning the centuries, along royal legislation, edicts, and capitularies of an identical interval, this research information how royal legislations 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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45 Thus the Gallic tradition could always be linked to the prestigious past of the early church. As will be explained in more detail in the following chapter, this took the form of a scholarly and aristocratic legal culture. 48 The aristocratic bishops who assembled in these councils adopted the parliamentary procedures of the Roman Senate as their own. According to Hess, at first the early conciliar manuscripts consisted of complete stenographic records of council debates and the protocol to which they adhered: the short address opening a discussion (relatio), followed by lengthy debates, or interrogations, often emotional in the case of struggles to claim and define orthodoxy.
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.
17 Mamertus, Bishop of Vienne (ca. 20 His new basilica was intended to serve as the chief episcopal church of the city, a monument to Vienne’s grand tradition of bishops going back to the time of the apostles. He also wished it to serve as a resting place for the bishops of Vienne, whose worthy bodies could be archived there as a tangible record of religious accomplishment and continuity. 21 The edifice conveyed a wonderful sense of confidence as Mamertus led his city in dealing with the Burgundians and their kings, who had occupied the city from the middle of the fifth century.
A Sacred Kingdom: Bishops and the Rise of Frankish Kingship, 300-850 by Michael Edward Moore