Il nucleo episcopale e l'abitato di Bobbio in età medievale: dinamiche di un rapporto complesso

Destefanis, Eleonora (2015) Il nucleo episcopale e l'abitato di Bobbio in età medievale: dinamiche di un rapporto complesso. In: La diocesi di Bobbio. Formazione e sviluppi di un’istituzione millenaria. Reti Medievali. E-Book (23). Firenze University Press, Firenze, pp. 225-259. ISBN 978-88-6655-856-9

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The establishment of the diocese of Bobbio in 1014 and the subsequent building of the episcopal complex are to be framed against the backdrop of the settlement which, from the Early Middle Ages, developed around the monastery founded in the early years of the 7th century following a joint initiative of Saint Columbanus and Agilulf, the Lombard sovereign. At the current state of research, there are no archaeological attestations regarding the initial phases of the settlement. Written sources, on the other hand, only let us imagine the structure of a progressively developing settlement, which remained tightly tied to the monastery and therefore organised in a castrum, mentioned towards the beginning of the 11th century. Late medieval documents are more abundant and therefore enable to reconstruct with more precision the configuration of the center. In this regard, apart from the original fortified structure, we can perceive the development of the center itself, to which we cannot attribute an urban dimension, even from a demographic point of view. Within such context, the development of the episcopal complex – whose main components were the cathedral, the canonry and the episcopal palace, which probably originated in the plebs created by the monastery in order to service the lay population gathered around the institution – was at the basis of a reorganization of the urban fabric. Such a reorganization can be evaluated from a long-term perspective holding the episcopal complex as a centripetal force which attracted not merely religious functions (but also commercial, residential, political and administrative), capable of influencing the set up of wide sectors of the settlement.

Tipologia del documento: Capitolo di libro
Parole chiave: Middle Ages, 7th-15th century, Bobbio, Town, Urbanistic, Monastery, Episcopal complex, Topography, Architecture
Soggetto: D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D111 Medieval History
Depositato da: dr Vincenzo De Luise
Depositato il: 27 Nov 2015 16:55
Ultima modifica: 27 Nov 2015 16:55


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