IMC 2003: Sessions

Session 207: Texts and Identities in the Early Middle Ages, II: Space, Time and Authority, II

Monday 14 July 2003, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Forschungsstelle für Geschichte des Mittelalters, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien / Utrecht Centre for Medieval Studies, Universiteit Utrecht
Organiser:Maximilian Diesenberger, Institut für Mittelalterforschung, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien
Moderator/Chair:Mayke de Jong, Instituut Geschiedenis, Universiteit Utrecht
Paper 207-aEinhard's Churches
(Language: English)
Julia M. H. Smith, Department of Mediaeval History, University of St Andrews
Paper 207-bAnalysing the Uses of Sacred Spaces in the Province of Rheims, AD 845-966
(Language: English)
Emma C. Beddoe, Newnham College, University of Cambridge
Paper 207-cTime is on our Side: Liturgical Time and Royal History in the Chronicle of Lobbes
(Language: English)
Irene van Renswoude, Research Institute for History & Culture, Universiteit Utrecht

The session focuses on the question of sacred topography and time in sources of the 9th and 10th centuries. For instance, the two churches which Einhard built to house relics of Roman martyrs are still standing and have often been discussed from an art historical point of view. The point of departure of the paper will be the great differences of design between them, and it will seek to explain this in terms of Einhard’s own intentions and the political context within which he operated. The analysis of the uses of sacred spaces in the province of Reims, AD 845-966, gives an overview of a late Carolingian region and its topography of the holy. In the paper on liturgical time and royal history in the chronicle of Lobbes, the focus is on a single monastery in Northern Gaul in the tenth century where local historiography shows how different dating systems could be used to express views on monastic versus secular history.