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Unauthorised miracles in mid-ninth-century Dijon and the Carolingian church reforms

West, C.M.A. (2010) Unauthorised miracles in mid-ninth-century Dijon and the Carolingian church reforms. Journal of Medieval History, 36 (4). pp. 295-311. ISSN 0304-4181


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In the early 840s, Archbishop Amolo of Lyons wrote to one of his suffragan bishops about extraordinary miracles reportedly taking place at Dijon in the wake of the arrival of mysterious new relics. Re-examining the complex interaction of these relics with preexisting social and political processes in the region and locally, this article also explores other aspects of Amolo's letter which have been less discussed, notably its manuscript transmission and the insights it offers into structures of religious organisation. Finally, it argues that the way issues treated together in the letter tend to be separated or even opposed in the historiography points to the need for renewed, critically reflexive attention to the specificities of the Carolingian church reforms. (C) 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: © 2010 Elsevier. This is an author produced version of a paper subsequently published in Journal of Medieval History. Uploaded in accordance with the publisher's self-archiving policy.
Keywords: Relics; Parish; Dijon; Carolingian church; Amolo
Institution: The University of Sheffield
Academic Units: The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Arts and Humanities (Sheffield) > Department of History (Sheffield)
Depositing User: Miss Anthea Tucker
Date Deposited: 21 Jan 2011 11:47
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2013 17:32
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jmedhist.2010.09.006
Status: Published
Publisher: Elsevier
Refereed: Yes
Identification Number: 10.1016/j.jmedhist.2010.09.006
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/42781

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