IMC 2012: Sessions

Session 533: A 'Field of Play': Conflicts, Players, and Rules in Medieval Italy, III - Conquest and Opposition

Tuesday 10 July 2012, 09.00-10.30

Organiser:Georg Vogeler, Zentrum für Informationsmodellierung in den Geisteswissenschaften, Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz
Moderator/Chair:Graham A. Loud, School of History, University of Leeds
Paper 533-aRoyal Power against Aristocratic Liberties: In Search of Rules in the Early Kingdom of Sicily
(Language: English)
Julia Langmeier, Institut für Geschichte, Universität Wien
Index terms: Local History, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 533-bRules of Violence: Henry VI and the Normans
(Language: English)
Florian Schurli, Historisches Seminar, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
Index terms: Local History, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 533-cEmperor Henry VI's Efforts to Conquer a Superior and Unruly Society: Two Edicts of Restitution and a New Type of Charter
(Language: English)
Andrea Rzihacek-Bedö, Institut für Mittelalterforschung, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien
Index terms: Charters and Diplomatics, Law

Roger II as well as Henry VI had to face the resistance of both nobles and cities. The first paper concentrates on the specific rules that guided the policy of the royal party and the opposing southern Italian elite. The second paper focusses on Henry VI and his usage of violence during his conquest of southern Italy as a political instrument and for personal revenge. The third paper discusses Henry VI’s attempt to impose his rule on the leading groups by issuing two edicts of restitution which confirmed old privileges to their rightful owners.