IMC 2013: Sessions

Session 1111: Political Communication in the Carolingian World

Wednesday 3 July 2013, 11.15-12.45

Organiser:Martin Gravel, Université Paris 8 Vincennes – Saint-Denis
Moderator/Chair:Philippe Depreux, Faculté des Lettres et des Sciences Humaines, Université de Limoges
Paper 1111-aPolitical Communication in the Carolingian World: The Example of the Capitulary Manuscripts
(Language: English)
Jennifer R. Davis, Department of History, Catholic University of America, Washington DC
Index terms: Literacy and Orality, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 1111-bAfter Roncevaux: Semiological Perspective on the Visitations of Carolingian Kings in Southwestern Gaul, 8th-9th Centuries
(Language: English)
Martin Gravel, Université Paris 8 Vincennes – Saint-Denis
Index terms: Military History, Politics and Diplomacy

Carolingian military and political maneuvering greatly expanded the area over which the Frankish kings could claim control. In such an expansive realm, peripheries were characterized by the fact that rulers did not exercise power directly. Rather, they depended on representation. To that end, the Carolingians developed often imaginative and complex methods of exerting political power in the regions of the empire. The combination of rapid expansion, the vast distances covered by the Frankish polity, and the limits of pre-modern institutional and technological tools made the problem of political communication of particular concern. This session will examine center-regional communications from that perspective.