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IMC 2015: Sessions

Session 112: Patrimonial Strategies and Royal Charters: Political Action of Kings and Magnates in the Kingdom of Italy, 888-945

Monday 6 July 2015, 11.15-12.45

Organiser:Giovanni Isabella, Dipartimento di Storia Culture Civiltà, Università di Bologna
Moderator/Chair:Roberta Cimino, Department of History, University of Nottingham
Paper 112-aA Marriage, a Battle, an 'Honour': The Aristocratic Career of Boniface of Hucpoldings during Rudolf II's Italian Reign, 924-926
(Language: English)
Edoardo Manarini, Dipartimento di Storia, Università degli Studi di Torino
Index terms: Genealogy and Prosopography, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 112-bKing, Bishops, and Canons: Political and Patrimonial Action of King Hugh of Arles, 926-945
(Language: English)
Giacomo Vignodelli, Dipartimento di Storia Culture Civiltà, Università di Bologna
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Politics and Diplomacy

Competition within elites and the dialectics between kings and aristocracies in the early and high Middle Ages are key themes in recent historiography. Furthermore, new analytical perspectives on royal charters have led to a better understanding of the negotiation process between kings and recipients, inserting diplomas in a wider view of contemporary political struggles. Bearing in mind these distinct perspectives, the papers investigate political strategies chosen by kings and magnates of Italy, especially focusing on negotiation and granting of public estates. The period between late 9th and the first half of the 10th century, marked by a continuous and uncertain conflict for the control of the kingdom of Italy, allows to effectively highlight the ways and strategies of post-Carolingian political competition.