IMC 2008: Sessions

Session 1011: Inside the VIP Suite: The Roles of a Ruler's Favourite

Wednesday 9 July 2008, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:Zentrum für Mittelalterstudien, Otto-Friedrich-Universität, Bamberg
Organiser:Stefan Bießenecker, Lehrstuhl Mittelalterliche Geschichte unter Einbeziehung der Landesgeschichte, Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg
Moderator/Chair:Maya Yazigi, Department of Classical, Near Eastern & Religious Studies, University of British Columbia
Paper 1011-aTrust and Power: The Eunuchs in the Abbasid Caliphate
(Language: English)
Hans Peter Pökel, Seminar für Semitistik und Arabistik, Freie Universität, Berlin
Index terms: Anthropology, Islamic and Arabic Studies, Mentalities, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 1011-bA Parvenu: Political and Social Consequences of Being a Favourite
(Language: English)
Stefan Bießenecker, Lehrstuhl Mittelalterliche Geschichte unter Einbeziehung der Landesgeschichte, Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg
Index terms: Anthropology, Mentalities, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 1011-cAmici regis in Aragonese Naples: Diomede Carafa and Jacobo Sannazaro
(Language: English)
John B. Dillon, Memorial Library, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Index terms: Anthropology, Language and Literature - Latin, Politics and Diplomacy
Abstract

Every powerful man has a special friend who enjoys his favour. This favourite has absolute access to the ruler, sometimes even to his most private rooms. Due to this an erotic relationship has often been suggested but rarely if ever verified. For the 16th-20th centuries we know a lot about the role of the favourite. But for the Middle Ages, in contrary to the many reports about ‘well beloved friends’ in the ruler’s entourage, there is little historic research on this topic. In this session very different favourites will be presented to show different aspects of the favourite’s role.