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IMC 2006: Sessions

Session 224: Royal Coronations in England and Spain: Ritual, Drama, and Politics

Monday 10 July 2006, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Texas Medieval Association
Organiser:Sally N. Vaughn, Department of History, University of Houston, Texas
Moderator/Chair:Michael H. Gelting, Centre for Scandinavian Studies King's College University of Aberdeen 24 High Street OLD ABERDEEN AB24 3EB
Paper 224-aEdgar the Peaceable and the Coronation of 961
(Language: English)
Rogan E. Brunet, Department of History, Houston Community College Southwest
Index terms: Law, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 224-bClaims and Coronations of Kingly Men
(Language: English)
Patricia Torpis, University of St Thomas, Texas
Index terms: Law, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 224-cCoronation or Regency: Gesture as Power Transfer in the Liber Feudorum Maior
(Language: English)
Eileen McKiernan González, Art Department, Berea College, Kentucky
Index terms: Art History - General, Manuscripts and Palaeography, Politics and Diplomacy, Women’s Studies

This session will look at coronations of four different monarchs: Edgar the Peacable, Harald Godwinson, and William the Conqueror in England. Edgar's coronation will be scrutinized to determine its timing and possible repetition, Harald's and William's will be compared to each other. These papers will deal with issues of ritual drama, legitimacy, and propagandistic public relations. A third paper will examine the coronation of Alfonso II of Aragon/Barcelona, as portrayed in the lavishly illustrated Liber Feudorum Maior, with its images of the transfer of power and their dramatic symbols and gestures.