IMC 2006: Sessions

Session 1025: Rulership in the Latin West, the Byzantine Commonwealth, and the Islamic World: Counsel and Advice, V

Wednesday 12 July 2006, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:Majestas: Association for the Study of Rulership / British Academy Network 'Political Culture in Comparison'
Organisers:Jonathan Shepard, Independent Scholar, Oxford
Jo Van Steenbergen, School of History, University of St Andrews
Björn Weiler, Department of History & Welsh History, Aberystwyth University
Moderator/Chair:Jonathan Shepard, Independent Scholar, Oxford
Paper 1025-aRecreation as Counsel: Gervase of Tilbury's Kaiserspiegel for Otto IV
(Language: English)
Edward Peters, Department of History, University of Pennsylvania
Index terms: Political Thought, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 1025-bThe Ideal of Consilium in the Late Medieval Eastern Mediterranean: Crusader and Byzantine Contexts
(Language: English)
C. Teresa M. Shawcross, Exeter College, University of Oxford
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Crusades, Language and Literature - Greek, Political Thought
Paper 1025-cAn Early Arabic Mirror for Princes
(Language: English)
Louise Marlow, Department of Religion, Wellesley College, Massachusetts
Index terms: Islamic and Arabic Studies, Political Thought
Abstract

The geographical sweep of the papers will include the western Christian, Byzantine, and Islamic worlds, and the aim will be to explore how historians with geographically, culturally, and chronologically divergent interests tackle comparable questions and phenomena. We aim both to foster an exchange of ideas and methodological approaches, and also to define more clearly the differences as well as the parallels between the various political communities around the Mediterranean, and in Northern and Eastern Europe. The themes in the papers will include spiritual advice, counsellors and advisors at court, rulers and their subjects, good and bad counsellors, and criticism and loyalty.