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The lecture
Giles Constable (London, 1929)
  on Monday, March 9, 2009 at 18:00p.m.

Rome and Cluny

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Giles Constable

Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton

The lecture

presents four aspects of the privileged relationship between Cluny and the papacy: the dedication of the abbey of Cluny to SS Peter and Paul, their ownership of the abbey, the devotion of the monks to them and their earthly representative, the pope; the protection and privileges given to Cluny by the papacy, known as the libertas romana or Roman liberty; the spiritual association of Cluny with Rome and with Jerusalem, which was itself assimilated with Rome; and Cluny’s visual parallels and resemblance to Rome.

Giles Constable (London, 1929)

One of the most distinguished scholars of his generation, Professor Constable is the foremost expert on Cluny’s last great abbot, Petrus Venerabilis. He published widely on Cluny and on religion and culture of the twelfth century: The Letters of Peter the Venerable (Cambridge, Mass.,1967), The Reformation of the Twelfth Century (Cambridge, 1996), Cluny from the Tenth to the Twelfth Century (Aldershot, 2002), Three Treatises from Bec on the Nature of Monastic Life (Toronto, 2008).
After several decades at Harvard University, Giles Constable moved to the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton in 1985. He has been visiting professor at the Catholic University of America and the Director of Dumbarton Oaks, Washington, D. C. (1977-84).
Professor Constable has been on the editorial and advisory board of several scholarly journals, such as Speculum, Journal of Ecclesiastical History, Medievalia et Humanistica, Revue Mabillon, Mediterranean Studies, Le Moyen Age, Sacris Erudiri.
Fellow of the Medieval Academy and the American Philosophical Society, and corresponding member of the Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres, Bayerische Akademie der Wissenschaften, British Academy, and the Accademia dei Lincei. He holds honorary degrees from Paris I, Georgetown University, Longwood University, and the Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies.

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