IMC 2009: Sessions

Session 606: Texts and Identities, V: Louis the Pious and the Crisis of the Carolingian Empire, 1

Tuesday 14 July 2009, 11.15-12.45

Organisers:Richard Corradini, Institut für Mittelalterforschung, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien
Philippe Depreux, Faculté des Lettres et des Sciences Humaines, Université de Limoges / Institut Universitaire de France
Maximilian Diesenberger, Institut für Mittelalterforschung, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien
Stefan Esders, Geschichte der Spätantike und des frühen Mittelalters, Friedrich-Meinecke-Institut, Freie Universität Berlin
Steffen Patzold, Historisches Seminar, Universität Tübingen
Moderator/Chair:Jinty Nelson, Department of History, King's College London
Paper 606-aPlaces of Power in the Realm of Louis the Pious
(Language: English)
Jens Schneider, Faculté des Lettres et des Sciences Humaines, Université de Limoges
Paper 606-bLouis the Pious in Francia orientalis: Support and Adversity
(Language: English)
Sophie Glansdorff, Université Libre de Bruxelles / Fonds de la Recherche Scientifique (FNRS)
Abstract

The second half of the reign of Louis the Pious is usually considered a time of crisis and of decline, in which the Frankish empire started to dissolve amid internal rebellions and external pressure. Yet the uncertainty of those times also provoked the development of new concepts for restructuring a society in turmoil. A transformation of the medieval world was thus effected, marked by an unprecedented rethinking of both the obligations of kingship and those of ecclesiastical and lay offices.
Steffen Patzold takes a fresh look at Walahfrid’s poetic vision of Aachen as a place of power, while Jens Schneider concentrates in general on central places of social, cultural and economic communication and exchange during the reign of Louis the Pious. Finally, Sophie Glansdorff examines the conflicting loyalties in the east and the intricate web of social and familial bonds that Louis and his sons were confronted with in the Francia orientalis