IMC 2005: Sessions

Session 1015: Rulership and Youth, I: Rulership and Youth in the Early Middle Ages

Wednesday 13 July 2005, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:Majestas: Association for the Study of Rulership
Organisers:János M. Bak, Department of Medieval Studies, Central European University, Budapest
Balázs Nagy, Department of Medieval Studies, Central European University, Budapest / Eötvös Loránd University
Moderator/Chair:János M. Bak, Department of Medieval Studies, Central European University, Budapest
Paper 1015-aChildren and Power in 6th-Century Merovingian Gaul
(Language: English)
Mónika Mezei, Department of Medieval History, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Political Thought, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 1015-cA Young Royal Couple in the Face of Disaster: Louis and Mary of Hungary, 1516-1526
(Language: English)
Orsolya Réthelyi, Department of Medieval Studies, Central European University, Budapest
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Monasticism, Politics and Diplomacy
Abstract

The young age of rulers often posed serious problems for medieval monarchies. It may have given counsellors (senior family members, regent mothers, powerful prelates or magnates etc.) undue influence on the affairs of the state. It may have weakened the royal or imperial rule when forceful military commander or charismatic leader was needed. The role of royal children in contested succession and as young rulers in early medieval Gaul, (especially as reflected in Gregory of Tours’ narrative) as well as the dangers for Constantinople under Arab threat with a child on the throne will be discussed.