IMC 2015: Sessions

Session 1302: Expressions of Power in Anglo-Saxon England

Wednesday 8 July 2015, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:Núcleo de Estudos Mediterrânicos (NEMED), Universidade Federal do Paraná / Núcleo de Estudos Interdisciplinares das Ilhas Britânicas: Antiguidade & Medievo (NEIBRAM)
Organiser:Otávio Luiz Vieira Pinto, School of History, University of Leeds / Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior (CAPES)
Moderator/Chair:Ryan Lavelle, Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences, University of Winchester
Paper 1302-aHappiness is Finding the Divine: Unity and Spiritual Authority in the Old English Version of the Consolatio Philosophiae
(Language: English)
Monah Nascimento Pereira, Department of History, Federal University of Paraná / Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico
Index terms: Language and Literature - Old English, Learning (The Classical Inheritance), Philosophy, Political Thought
Paper 1302-b'Theow and esne art thou no longer': Slavery, Semantics, and Power in Anglo-Saxon England
(Language: English)
Katherine Miller, School of English, University of Leeds
Index terms: Language and Literature - Old English, Social History
Paper 1302-cPolitical Discourse between Mercia and Wessex in the Early 10th-Century Annals
(Language: English)
Courtnay Konshuh, Department of History, University of Winchester
Index terms: Language and Literature - Old English, Military History, Political Thought
Abstract

The aim of this session is to discuss how power was conceived, expressed and implemented in Wessex, Mercia and Saxony. The papers bring together thematic strands that range from political thought in translations from Alfred’s court, abstract ideals of wisdom and power derived from both traditional Germanic poetry and Latin philosophical treaties, depiction of rulership in Anglo-Saxon annals and comparative development of military procedures between Wessex and continental Saxony. By synthesising these overarching themes, conclusions regarding the developmental renewal of intellectual inheritance and the reform of the apparatus of state, these papers will bring forth a coherent discussion of Anglo-Saxon scholarship.