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

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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 pre-existing 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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)295-311
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Medieval History
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2010

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • relics
  • parish
  • Dijon
  • Carolingian church
  • Amolo


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