IMC 2005: Sessions

Session 715: Aspects of Medieval Political Culture in the Latin West, the Byzantine Commonwealth, and the Islamic World: Under-Age Rule, VI

Tuesday 12 July 2005, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Society for the Medieval Mediterranean
Organisers:Tania Tribe, Department of the History of Art & Archaeology, School of Oriental & African Studies, University of London
Jo Van Steenbergen, School of History, University of St Andrews
Björn Weiler, Department of History & Welsh History, Aberystwyth University
Moderator/Chair:Hugh Kennedy, Department of Mediaeval History, University of St Andrews
Paper 715-aThe Wisdom of Youth: Legitimising the Caliph Al-Muqtadir
(Language: English)
Letizia Osti, Independent Scholar, Basel
Paper 715-bCeremonial and Legitimisation: The False Frederick of 13th-Century Germany
(Language: English)
Len Scales, Department of History, Durham University
Paper 715-cChild Emperors in the Late Roman Empire: The Iconography of Youth
(Language: English)
Ralph Mathisen, Department of History, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

This session is one of a strand of seven sessions that aim at comparing aspects of medieval political culture in the Latin West, the Byzantine commonwealth and the Islamic world. Despite such quite different areas of chronological or geographical specialisation, studying these areas’ medieval politics clearly results in certain common themes for which a series of comparative sessions may open new perspectives, allow to draw parallels which might otherwise not have been thought of, apply different methodologies, but also define more clearly where Western, Byzantine and Islamic medieval political cultures differed.
Reflecting the theme of IMC 2005 (Youth and Age), this strand’s specific topic concerns under age kings and rulers. In this session, the correlation between royal legitimisation and under age rule will be highlighted.