Campus Only Senior Thesis
Bachelor of Arts
Late Antique-Medieval Studies
© 2014 Lily C. Stewart
The purpose of this thesis is to explore the nuances and implications of the negative portrayals of bishops and the bishopric in late antique and medieval Catholic hagiography. I will consider how and why members of the episcopacy were painted so negatively, and how hagiographers got away with drawing such negative connotations around the office itself. In doing this, I will consider how these texts address real social anxieties surrounding the bishopric, and argue that they work apologetically for the episcopacy by establishing the corruptibility of the office's human aspect as an expected norm, and highlighting in contrast the extreme difficulty and laudability of living up to the office's divine aspect.
Stewart, Lily C., "Canonizing Episcopal 'Naughtiness': Negative Depictions of Bishops and the Bishopric in Late Antique and Medieval Hagiography" (2014). Scripps Senior Theses. 477.
This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.