IMC 2004: Sessions

Session 1117: Ruling Family Favourites: Genealogical Manipulation in Medieval Europe

Wednesday 14 July 2004, 11.15-12.45

Organiser:John Eric Wreglesworth, Centre for Mediterranean Studies, University of Exeter
Moderator/Chair:Ian N. Wood, School of History, University of Leeds
Paper 1117-aWhat's it all about?: Genealogy and Justification in the Chronicle of Alfonso III
(Language: English)
John Eric Wreglesworth, Centre for Mediterranean Studies, University of Exeter
Index terms: Archives and Sources, Genealogy and Prosopography, Language and Literature - Spanish/Portuguese, Political Thought
Paper 1117-bPatronage of Bibles and the Authority of Kingship in the 13th Century
(Language: English)
Babette Hellemans, Universiteit Utrecht
Index terms: Art History - Painting, Biblical Studies, Language and Literature - French/ Occitan, Political Thought
Paper 1117-cGenealogical Mythmaking in the 14th-Century Court of Bohemia
(Language: English)
Iva Rosario, University of Melbourne
Index terms: Archives and Sources, Art History - Painting, Genealogy and Prosopography, Political Thought

A suitable genealogy was a key bastion in the cultural defences that legitimised ruling dynasties in medieval Europe. Careful manipulation of genealogical material could graft a new dynasty onto an existing distinguished ancestry (of real and mythical figures) or plane away internal disputes over succession among the ruling family. Crossing the cultural borders between Christian and Muslim, ranging in tme and space from 9th-century Spain to 14th-century Bohemia, these three papers consider ways in which genealogies were shaped to meet specific ends.