IMC 2005: Sessions

Session 1215: Fighting for Succession: Conflicts between Fathers and Sons in the Quest for Rulership (11th-15th Centuries)

Wednesday 13 July 2005, 14.15-15.45

Organiser:Klaus P. Oschema, Historisches Institut, Universität Bern / Historisches Seminar, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg
Moderator/Chair:Nicole Nyffenegger, Institut für Englische Sprachen & Literaturen, Universität Bern
Paper 1215-aProblèmes de succession dans l'empire médiéval
(Language: Français)
Julian Führer, Historisches Institut, Friedrich-Schiller-Universitaet, Jena
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 1215-bStruggling for Recognition: The 'Three Edwards' and their Fathers
(Language: English)
Klaus van Eickels, Lehrstuhl für Geschichte des Spätmittelalters, Universität des Saarlandes, Saarbrücken
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 1215-cReaching out for Rulership: French Princes against their Fathers (14th-15th Centuries)
(Language: English)
Klaus P. Oschema, Historisches Institut, Universität Bern / Historisches Seminar, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Politics and Diplomacy
Abstract

Dynastical succession in rulership nearly inevitably leads to generational conflicts: having been prepared by his education for the exercion of power, the ruler’s designated successor often claimed a part in rulership during his father’s lifetime. In some exemplary cases, these conflicts between young and old were even fought out in open battle or lead to actual imprisonment of one of the parties. The present session proposes to analyze the general outlines of those confrontations and different strategies to overcome them in a comparative approach, including case-studies from high and late medieval Germany, England and France.