Session 1511: Rulership and the State in 10th-Century Germany
Thursday 16 July 2009, 09.00-10.30
|Phyllis G. Jestice, Department of History, University of Southern Mississippi
|Theo Riches, Exzellenzcluster 'Religion & Politik', Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster
|On the Functions of Saxony
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Political Thought
|Dominae imperiales and the Difficulties in Defining 10th-Century 'Kingship'
Index terms: Charters and Diplomatics, Political Thought
|Tracing Ottonian Ideas of Rulership in the Libri memoriales
Index terms: Political Thought, Religious Life
This panel examines changing ideas of what it meant to be a ruler and the relationship between the ruler, the people, and God in 10th-century Germany. The papers address the idea of rulership from three perspectives: that of chroniclers trying to make sense of 'Saxony' as a political construct within the larger German Reich, that of the Libri memoriales and their commemoration of Ottonian rulers, and that of chroniclers and members of the chancery who tried to make sense of female rulership during the minority of Otto III.