Session 625: Rulership in the Latin West, the Byzantine Commonwealth, and the Islamic World: Counsel and Advice, II
Tuesday 11 July 2006, 11.15-12.45
|Majestas: Association for the Study of Rulership / British Academy Network 'Political Culture in Comparison'
|Jonathan Shepard, Independent Scholar, Oxford
Jo Van Steenbergen, School of History, University of St Andrews
Björn Weiler, Department of History & Welsh History, Aberystwyth University
|Jo Van Steenbergen, School of History, University of St Andrews
|Where Advice Meets Criticism in 11th-Century Byzantium: Theophylact of Ohrid and John the Oxite, and their (Re)presentations to the Emperor (unconfirmed)
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Politics and Diplomacy, Rhetoric
|'The martyrs are his allies': On the Divine Protection of Rulers in Byzantium and Rus
|The Banu Jahir and their Role in the Abbasid and Saljuq Administration
Index terms: Islamic and Arabic Studies, Politics and Diplomacy
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.