IMC 2015: Sessions

Session 1325: Southern Italy in Context (10th-13th Centuries), III: The Work and Identity of the So-Called Hugo Falcandus

Wednesday 8 July 2015, 16.30-18.00

Organiser:Markus Krumm, Historisches Seminar, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
Moderator/Chair:Patricia E. Skinner, Department of History, University of Winchester / Centre for Medieval & Early Modern Research (MEMO), Swansea University
Paper 1325-aThe Evil That Kings Do: Kingship, Tyranny, and William I in Hugo Falcandus
(Language: English)
Francesca Petrizzo, School of History, University of Leeds
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Language and Literature - Latin
Paper 1325-bSex, Death, and Corruption: Rumours in the Work of 'Hugo Falcandus'
(Language: English)
Harald Richter, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Social History
Paper 1325-cPeter and William of Blois, and 'Hugo Falcandus'
(Language: English)
Graham A. Loud, School of History, University of Leeds
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Language and Literature - Latin
Abstract

The Historia of the so-called Hugo Falcandus is a key source for the history of the kingdom of Sicily in the 12th century. The papers of this session all deal with this work and the much disputed identity of its author. Paper a analyses the portrayal of William I as a tyrant in Falcandus’s Historia. Paper b is dealing with rumours at the Palermitan court – a major theme in the work. Paper c approaches the difficult question of Falcandus’s identity.