IMC 2012: Sessions

Session 1530: Hincmar's 9th Century, V: Hincmar and Authority, Hincmar as Authority

Thursday 12 July 2012, 09.00-10.30

Organisers:Rachel Stone, Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge / Department of History, King's College London
Charles West, Department of History, University of Sheffield
Moderator/Chair:Charles West, Department of History, University of Sheffield
Paper 1530-aHincmar's Adaptation of the Capitula diversarum sententiarum for His De regis persona
(Language: English)
Phillip Wynn, College of Arts & Sciences, Xavier University, Ohio
Index terms: Canon Law, Political Thought
Paper 1530-b'Bos lassus fortius figit pedem': Hincmar's Late Attempts at Counselling (c. 877-881)
(Language: English)
Andreas Öffner, Seminar für Mittelalterliche Geschichte, Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen
Index terms: Law, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 1530-c'A Man for All Seasons' in Carolingian Times?: Hincmar and the Law
(Language: English)
Philippe Depreux, Faculté des Lettres et des Sciences Humaines, Université de Limoges / Institut Universitaire de France
Index terms: Law, Politics and Diplomacy

Hincmar of Rheims hoped and expected to be listened to when he spoke or wrote, but on what basis did he make such claims? One basis was relying on earlier authorities: the first paper explores how Hincmar used and reworked earlier Carolingian texts in creating his mirror for a prince, De regis persona. The next paper explores Hincmar’s attempts to preserve and re-attain his status as a royal counsellor in his last years, while the final paper reflects both on Hincmar’s use of law to bolster his arguments and on the extent to which such law was, in fact, a normative authority.