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Europe in the 11th century

Episode 8: simony with Lioba Geis (Germany)

Ep. 8

Simony (the illicit purchase of church office) was a major issue in 11th-century Europe. In this episode, I talk with Dr Lioba Geis about her "Habilitation" research into the nature and origins of simony, and what (if anything) changed in the 11th century.

Reading mentioned in the podcast:

  • Lioba Geis, 'The Battle Against Simony in Norman Italy. Perceptions, Interpretations, Measures and Consequences', in: J. H. Drell, P. Oldfield (ed), Rethinking Norman Italy. Studies in Honour of Graham A. Loud, Artes liberales (Manchester 2021), pp. 227-244.
  • Lioba Geis, 'Kirchenrechtliche Norm und diözesane Praxis. Strategien des Umgangs mit Simonie im frühen 11. Jahrhundert, in: A. Bihrer, S. Bruhn (ed.), Jenseits des Königshofs. Bischöfe und ihre Diözesen im nachkarolingischen ostfränkisch-deutschen Reich (850-1100), Studien zur Germania Sacra. Neue Folge 10 (Berlin/Boston 2019), pp. 177-208
  • Hans Meier-Welcker, 'Die Simonie im frühen Mittelalter. Begriff und Erscheinung in ihrer Entwicklung von der Spätantike bis zum Investiturstreit' in: Zeitschrift für Kirchengeschichte 64 (1952/53), 61-93
  • Timothy Reuter, 'Gifts and simony', in Medieval transformations: texts, power and gifts in context (Leiden, 2001) p. 157-168

Image: Paris BnF lat. 9448, fol. 54v

Music: Karen Gomyo (CC BY-NC 3.0)

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