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IMC 2009: Sessions

Session 1511: Rulership and the State in 10th-Century Germany

Thursday 16 July 2009, 09.00-10.30

Organiser:Phyllis G. Jestice, Department of History, University of Southern Mississippi
Moderator/Chair:Theo Riches, Exzellenzcluster 'Religion & Politik', Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster
Paper 1511-aOn the Functions of Saxony
(Language: English)
Nicholas Joseph, Keele University
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Political Thought
Paper 1511-bDominae imperiales and the Difficulties in Defining 10th-Century 'Kingship'
(Language: English)
Phyllis G. Jestice, Department of History, University of Southern Mississippi
Index terms: Charters and Diplomatics, Political Thought
Paper 1511-cTracing Ottonian Ideas of Rulership in the Libri memoriales
(Language: English)
Eva-Maria Butz, Historisches Institut, Technische Universität Dortmund
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.