IMC 2003: Sessions

Session 516: European Science Foundation Exploratory Workshop: Power and Authority in the Middle Ages

Tuesday 15 July 2003, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:ESF Workshop Group
Organiser:Michael Staunton, School of History, University College Dublin
Moderator/Chair:Hugh Kennedy, Department of Mediaeval History, University of St Andrews
Paper 516-aCompeting for Social Resources: The Social Impact of Processes of Political Legitimation in Central Medieval Castile
(Language: English)
Julio Escalona, Departmento de Historia Medieval
Index terms: Language and Literature - Spanish/Portuguese, Political Thought, Social History
Paper 516-bLegitimising Ecclesiastical Resistance to Royal Authority: Thomas Becket and Henry II
(Language: English)
Michael Staunton, School of History, University College Dublin
Index terms: Canon Law, Ecclesiastical History, Hagiography, Political Thought
Paper 516-cPower to Take and Authority to Hold: Defining and Describing Grand Ducal Rule in Late Medieval Lithuania
(Language: English)
Giedre Mickunaite, The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH), University of Oxford / Department of Art History & Theory, Vilnius Academy of Fine Arts
Index terms: Language and Literature - German, Language and Literature - Latin, Language and Literature - Slavic, Political Thought

This session addresses the subject of the legitimation of power and authority in medieval Europe. It follows on from a European Science Foundation exploratory workshop which sought to compare different approaches to the theme of power, authority and legitimation and to suggest routes of further investigation. Here these issues will be addressed by focusing on three spheres of authority – royal, ecclesiastical and ducal – in Spain, England and Lithuania respectively.