IMC 2015: Sessions

Session 1126: The Transformation of the Carolingian World, II

Wednesday 8 July 2015, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Institut für Mittelalterforschung, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien
Organiser:Maximilian Diesenberger, Institut für Mittelalterforschung, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien
Moderator/Chair:Charles West, Department of History, University of Sheffield
Respondent:Helmut Reimitz, Department of History, Princeton University
Paper 1126-aChanging Chronicles
(Language: English)
Richard Corradini, Institut für Mittelalterforschung, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Law, Politics and Diplomacy, Social History
Paper 1126-bThe Hunting Death of King Carloman II, 884
(Language: English)
Eric J. Goldberg, Department of History, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Law, Politics and Diplomacy, Social History
Abstract

The transformation of the Carolingian world at the end of the 9th and in the 10th centuries was accompanied by various challenges and difficulties such as the decline of the royal position of power, the hard-fought emergence of new, regional lordship, the invasions by external enemies and finally, political and social instability and disintegration. Already contemporaries like Regino of Prum, but also many modern scholars, regarded the deposition and death of Charles III in 887/888 after which the Empire fell apart and splintered into several separate successor kingdoms as the beginning of a period of crisis.

These sessions deal with this very period of transition from the Carolingian to the post-Carolingian period. They focus on historiography, social and legal practices as well as on their respective documents (councils, capitularia, charters) and tries to track their development from the 9th to the 10th century.