IMC 2012: Sessions

Session 1320: The Rules of Information: News, Communication, and Propaganda in the 15th Century

Wednesday 11 July 2012, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:Zentrum für Mittelalter- & Renaissancestudien, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
Organiser:Karoline Dominika Döring, Monumenta Germaniae Historica, München
Moderator/Chair:Maximilian Schuh, Lehrstuhl für Mittelalterliche Geschichte mit dem Schwerpunkt Früh- und Hochmittelalter, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
Paper 1320-aBavarian Visitation Reports from the Era of Conciliarism
(Language: English)
Ullrich Bernd Lindemann, Lehrstuhl für Mittelalterliche Geschichte mit dem Schwerpunkt Spätmittelalter, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
Index terms: Administration, Political Thought, Religious Life
Paper 1320-bWar and the Media: The Siege of Rhodes (1480) as a Media Event
(Language: English)
Karoline Dominika Döring, Monumenta Germaniae Historica, München
Index terms: Crusades, Printing History, Rhetoric
Paper 1320-cTransmitting Information as a Rule: The Education of German Merchants and its Importance for the Spread of News around 1500
(Language: English)
Bettina Pfotenhauer, Lehrstuhl für Mittelalterliche Geschichte mit dem Schwerpunkt Spätmittelalter, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
Index terms: Economics - Trade, Local History
Abstract

The session surveys the rules that apply to the acquisition, dissemination and use of information in the 15th century: the first paper studies different sorts of information in the visitation reports by Johannes Grünwalder (c. 1392-1452), vicar general of the see of Freising and prominent church reformer in Southern Germany. The second paper analyses war as media event and focusses on the unique news coverage provided by the Knights Hospitallers on the siege of Rhodes in 1480. The last paper deals with the transmission of news as a fundamental rule in the context of merchants’ education and its consequences for the development of communication, the spread of knowledge and the consolidation of trade in the 15th century.