IMC 2003: Sessions

Session 517: Friendship and Power, I: Friendship and the Exercise of Authority

Tuesday 15 July 2003, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:AHRB Centre for Byzantine Cultural History / Medieval Friendship Conference, The Queen's University, Belfast, 2004
Organisers:Julian P. Haseldine, Department of History, University of Hull
Margaret E. Mullett, Institute of Byzantine Studies, Queen's University, Belfast / AHRC Centre for Byzantine Cultural History
Moderator/Chair:Julian P. Haseldine, Department of History, University of Hull
Paper 517-aFriendship and Peacemaking - The Bishop as Ideal Mediator: Amicable Settlement in 11th- and 12th-Century Denmark
(Language: English)
Lars Hermanson, Department of History, Uppsala Universitet
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Law, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 517-bThe End of Friendship: Icelandic Politics c. 1250-1320
(Language: English)
Jón Viðar Sigurðsson, Centre for Viking & Medieval Studies, Universitetet i Oslo
Index terms: Political Thought, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 517-cAuthority, Subordination and the Power of Friendship in the Late Middle Ages
(Language: English)
Klaus van Eickels, Lehrstuhl für Geschichte des Spätmittelalters, Universität des Saarlandes, Saarbrücken
Index terms: Political Thought, Politics and Diplomacy, Religious Life

This is one of four planned sessions exploring the theme of power and authority in relation to friendship in the light of the recent proliferation of research in this area. This first session focuses on the overtly political or instrumental applications of friendship in a variety of contexts, ecclesiastical and lay. The session will examine the role of friendship in both the maintainance of order, through peacemaking, and the expansion of power, and will explore the complex relationship between the profession of equality in the language of frienship and the imposition of authority which it could be manipulated to effect.