Religious strategies of distinction: baptism in Visigothic Spain

Wood, Jamie (2006) Religious strategies of distinction: baptism in Visigothic Spain. In: Elite and Popular Religion. Studies in Church History (42). The Boydell Press / Ecclesiastical History Society, Woodbridge, pp. 3-17. ISBN 9780954680923

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The political connotations of godparenthood and baptismal sponsorship in creating both vertical and horizontal bonds between individuals and groups in early medieval Europe have long been recognised. What follows offers a case study of sixth and early seventh century Visigothic Spain, asking whether the baptismal process could serve to bring elite and popular together. Elites sought to mobilize those lower down the scale than themselves at the same time as they had to constantly negotiate the elite position from which they gained their authority. In sixth-century Spain
the definition and redefinition of baptismal practice in church council legislation by Catholics and Arians was an important method for achieving this dual aim of distinction and control.

Additional Information:The political connotations of godparenthood and baptismal sponsorship in creating both vertical and horizontal bonds between individuals and groups in early medieval Europe have long been recognised. What follows offers a case study of sixth and early seventh century Visigothic Spain, asking whether the baptismal process could serve to bring elite and popular together. Elites sought to mobilize those lower down the scale than themselves at the same time as they had to constantly negotiate the elite position from which they gained their authority. In sixth-century Spain the definition and redefinition of baptismal practice in church council legislation by Catholics and Arians was an important method for achieving this dual aim of distinction and control.
Keywords:Medieval History, Spain, Religion, Christianity
Subjects:V Historical and Philosophical studies > V224 Iberian History
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V130 Medieval History
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V330 History of Religions
Divisions:College of Arts > School of History & Heritage > School of History & Heritage (History)
ID Code:7415
Deposited On:05 Feb 2013 15:03

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