The Court Book of Mende and the Secular Lordship of the Bishop: Recollecting the Past in Thirteenth-Century Gévaudan by Jan K. BulmanThe Court Book of Mende and the Secular Lordship of the Bishop: Recollecting the Past in Thirteenth-Century Gévaudan by Jan K. Bulman

The Court Book of Mende and the Secular Lordship of the Bishop: Recollecting the Past in Thirteenth…

byJan K. Bulman

Hardcover | May 17, 2008

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Mende is a diocese in south-central France where, in the 1260s, scribes of Bishop Odilon de Mercoeur created an extensive court book or register of litigated cases. Their intention was to develop an archive for the use of the chancery as well as to preserve the causae of the episcopal court. These records would later be used by Guillaume Durand the Younger to construct a version of the past which verified episcopal secular lordship and sovereignty in response to mounting intrusion by the king of France.

For all of its importance to the history of religion in France, the court book of Mende has received little attention by historians and medieval scholars. In this study, Jan K. Bulman examines the interrelationships between the written records of the ecclesiastical court, the preservation of historical memory, and the defense of episcopal seigneurial rights. Bulman shows how the bishops of Mende followed a singular strategy to defend against loss of autonomy, one that was unique in its reliance on archival records, ancient charters, and narrative hagiography. Richly presented and comprehensively researched, this will be an indispensable work for scholars of religion and the history of medieval France.

Jan K. Bulman is an assistant professor in the Department of History at Auburn Montgomery University.
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Title:The Court Book of Mende and the Secular Lordship of the Bishop: Recollecting the Past in Thirteenth…Format:HardcoverDimensions:176 pages, 9.28 × 6.28 × 0.78 inPublished:May 17, 2008Publisher:University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing DivisionLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:080209337X

ISBN - 13:9780802093370

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Abbreviations

List of the Bishops of Mende

Map of the Gévaudan

Introduction

  • 1 The Gévaudan to about 1200: Laying the Foundations of Remembrance
  • 2 The Course of Secular Lordship
  • 3 The Court Book and the Bishop’s Court
  • 4 The Mémoire relatif au paréageand Historical Memory

Conclusion

Notes

Glossary

Bibliography

Index

Editorial Reviews

'This is a solidly researched and well-argued book that sharply illuminates the centuries-long struggles of the bishops of Mende to defend their secular lordship The richness of the sources considered and the acuity of Bulman's analysis provide much food for thought.'
- Richard Keyser, H-France Review January 2010