IMC 2006: Sessions

Session 105: Texts and Identities, I: Carolingian Peripheries - Frisians, Lombards, and Slavs

Monday 10 July 2006, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Institut für Mittelalterforschung, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften / Utrecht Centre for Medieval Studies, Universiteit Utrecht / Faculty of History, University of Cambridge
Organisers:Maximilian Diesenberger, Institut für Mittelalterforschung, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien
Rob Meens, Utrecht Centre for Medieval Studies, Universiteit Utrecht
Moderator/Chair:Ian N. Wood, School of History, University of Leeds
Paper 105-aLaw and Identity: The Case of the Lex Frisionum
(Language: English)
Wolfert S. van Egmond, Instituut Geschiedenis, Universiteit Utrecht
Paper 105-bGens ipsa peribit: Kingdom and Identity after the End of Lombard Rule
(Language: English)
Walter Pohl, Institut für Mittelalterforschung, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien
Paper 105-cWho's Afraid of Paganism?: Goths, Bavarians, and Slavs in Frankish Sources (8th-11th Century)
(Language: English)
Thomas Lienhard, Département d'Histoire, Université de Paris I - Panthéon-Sorbonne
Abstract

The session deals with identities at the Frankish periphery in the 8th and 9th centuries. How did the rise of the Carolingian kingdom affect the peoples that came under its sway, or at least within easy reach of Frankish armies? Three case studies will be presented: The first discusses the ways in which the Lex Frisionum could affirm Frisian identity even under Frankish rule. Second, what did in fact change when Charlemagne’s army occupied the Lombard kingdom? Was that the end of the Lombard people or of its kingdom, and how did contemporaries perceive that change? The third paper deals with Frankish perceptions/constructions of the unruly pagan ‘other’ for which Goths, Bavarians, and Slavs serve as examples.