IMC 2013: Sessions

Session 106: Names, Name-Calling, and Power in the 11th and 12th Centuries

Monday 1 July 2013, 11.15-12.45

Organiser:Kathryn Dutton, School of Arts, Languages & Cultures, University of Manchester
Moderator/Chair:Benjamin Pohl, Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg
Paper 106-aDoing It in Styles: Titles and Perceptions of Power in Norman Ducal Acta, c. 1000-1135
(Language: English)
Mark Hagger, School of History, Welsh History & Archaeology, Bangor University
Index terms: Charters and Diplomatics, Historiography - Medieval, Political Thought
Paper 106-bPlantagenet, Le Bel, Martel […], and Dei gratia?: Conceptions of Authority and the Titles of Count Geoffrey V of Anjou, 1129-1151
(Language: English)
Kathryn Dutton, School of Arts, Languages & Cultures, University of Manchester
Index terms: Charters and Diplomatics, Historiography - Medieval, Politics and Diplomacy
Abstract

This session examines the use of styles, titles and names in Anglo-Norman and Angevin royal, ducal and comital contexts. Both positive and negative uses of epithets to construct images of rulers will be considered with reference to document production, typologies of power, conceptions of gender, contemporary politics, and dynastic precedent. A fresh take on the use of titles in three 11th- and 12th-century contexts – all of which saw rulers competing to establish and maintain their power and authority – will be offered, and a conversation begun on new ways of considering this old historical area of interest.