IMC 2012: Sessions

Session 826: Comparative Points of View: East and West

Tuesday 10 July 2012, 16.30-18.00

Moderator/Chair:Hans-Christian Lehner, Internationales Forschungskolleg 'Schicksal, Freiheit und Prognose', Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg
Paper 826-aWhat Not To Do: A Comparative Glance at Royal Vices (1200-1500)
(Language: English)
Zeynep Yelce, Sabanci University, Istanbul
Index terms: Mentalities, Political Thought, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 826-bDivine Retribution, Kingship, and Political Rule in Late Medieval England: From a Comparative View
(Language: English)
Huacheng Li, College of History & Civilisation, Shaanxi Normal University
Index terms: Political Thought, Social History
Paper 826-cThe Medieval Millennialism as a Disruption from Theological and Social Rule
(Language: English)
Israel Sanmartín, Departamento de Historia Medieval e Moderna, Universidade de Santiago de Compostela
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Mentalities, Philosophy, Theology

Paper -a:
This paper focuses on the vices of the ruler throughout a period stretching approximately from the 12th to the 15th century. The aim is to trace unpleasant personal characteristics and habits that translate into serious vices concerning the figure of the ruler, as well as to explore the process through which the person and the king become an inseparable single entity under the name of ‘ruler’. Rather than building on the dichotomy of the ‘Christian West’ and the ‘Islamic East’, this paper embraces a comparative approach based on the reflections of contemporary chronicles in the attempt to understand the presence of a shared mentality.

Paper -b:
Face with the disaster such as the Black Death, The Church gave the interpret of Divine Retribution, but different with the medieval China’s emperor who play the most important role of being condemned, the kingship of England looked more innocent. Behind these was the different concept and practice of Political rules among medieval England and China. This paper will give a deep study on this topic back on the primary documents of both of these two countries.

Paper -c:
The medieval apocalypticism and millennialism since the year 1000 represents a break with orthodox rule of medieval Europe. We will study these issues in the European context from the 11th to the 15th century. We will focus on millenarianism from the history of mentalities. Thus, we will work about millenarianism in a theological dimension (in relation to orthodoxy), on medieval thought (Fiore and others) and the collective mentalities linked to social movements. The objetive of this is to show the disruption of the rules from the medieval mentalities in the historical time. And as women and men individually and collectively are part of that historical process. Finally, we will link the reflections to the historiographical debate to enable connections between all topics studied.