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IMC 2015: Sessions

Session 539: Texts and Politics in the Long 10th Century, I: The Western Kingdom

Tuesday 7 July 2015, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Exeter
Organiser:Edward Roberts, Departamento de Historia Medieval, Moderna y de América, Universidad del País Vasco
Moderator/Chair:Levi Roach, Department of History, University of Exeter
Paper 539-aEstablishing Rule: Charles the Simple and the Cases of Western Francia and Lotharingia
(Language: English)
Horst Lößlein, Centre de Recherche Interdisciplinaire en Histoire, Histoire de l’Art et Musicologie, Université de Limoges / Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
Index terms: Political Thought, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 539-bHistories in Diplomas: Kings, Archbishops, Nobles, and the Disputes over St Servatius's Abbey in Maastricht, 898 and 919
(Language: English)
Fraser McNair, Faculty of History
Index terms: Charters and Diplomatics, Ecclesiastical History, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 539-cReligious Patronage in the Reign of Louis IV
(Language: English)
Edward Roberts, Departamento de Historia Medieval, Moderna y de América, Universidad del País Vasco
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Monasticism, Politics and Diplomacy

In recent years, there has been substantial re-evaluation of traditional approaches to medieval texts, from narrative histories to documentary sources. While this reappraisal has inspired much interest in earlier Carolingian political history, the so-called 'post-Carolingian' world of the 10th century has yet to be thoroughly investigated on the same terms. How did texts produced in the late 9th- and 10th-century political climate differ from those of the preceding century? Is it possible to refashion the traditional political narrative of late Carolingian fragmentation and decline by reassessing the foundations on which this very narrative has been constructed? Our intention is to draw together recent work on such themes.