IMC 2013: Sessions

Session 1510: Texts and Identities, V: The Merovingians and Their Past

Thursday 4 July 2013, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:Institut für Mittelalterforschung, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien / Utrecht Centre for Medieval Studies, Universiteit Utrecht / Faculty of History, University of Cambridge
Organisers:E. T. Dailey, School of History, University of Leeds
Gerda Heydemann, Institut für Mittelalterforschung, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien / Institut für Geschichte, Universität Wien
Moderator/Chair:Helmut Reimitz, Department of History, Princeton University
Paper 1510-aMaking and Unmaking Chlothar II into a Merovingian: How to Exploit a Family Tree
(Language: English)
E. T. Dailey, School of History, University of Leeds
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Mentalities, Political Thought
Paper 1510-bThe Origins and Identity of the Franks: The Trojan Narrative in Early Medieval Historiographical Texts
(Language: English)
N Yavuz, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Learning (The Classical Inheritance), Mentalities
Paper 1510-cImage of Kings Past: The Merovingian Monastic Policies in Burgundy
(Language: English)
Yaniv Fox, Department of General History, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer Sheva
Index terms: Administration, Monasticism, Political Thought
Abstract

This session focuses on the Merovingian interest in the past, and their utilisation of remembrance for contemporary political and social purposes. E. T. Dailey examines the issue of Chlothar II’s dubious paternity, and its enduring political potency. N. Kıvılcım Yavuz traces the emergence and development of the Frankish belief in their Trojan origins, and the varying function of this story within a series of historiographical texts. Yaniv Fox investigates the Merovingian policy of royal patronage for monastic intuitions within the Rhône Basin as a self-conscious continuation the polices of a once-independent Burgundian kingdom.