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IMC 2015: Sessions

Session 639: Texts and Politics in the Long 10th Century, II: The Middle and Eastern Kingdoms

Tuesday 7 July 2015, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Exeter
Organiser:Levi Roach, Department of History, University of Exeter
Moderator/Chair:Edward Roberts, Departamento de Historia Medieval, Moderna y de América, Universidad del País Vasco
Paper 639-aThe Politics of Christian Language in the Annales Fuldenses and the Annales Vedastini
(Language: English)
Robert A. H. Evans, Sidney Sussex College, University of Cambridge
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Historiography - Medieval, Political Thought
Paper 639-bFrom a Relic to the Empire: The Holy Lance in the Ottonian Sources
(Language: English)
Antoni Grabowski, Independent Scholar, Warszawa
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Political Thought
Paper 639-cRather of Verona and the Ottonian Charters: Exile, Conflict, and Royal Protection in the 10th Century
(Language: English)
Stefano Manganaro, Istituto Italiano per gli Studi Storici, Napoli
Index terms: Charters and Diplomatics, Political Thought, 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.