IMC 2015: Sessions

Session 814: Networks & Neighbours, IV: Tracing Aristocratic Networks in Three Early Medieval Kingdoms

Tuesday 7 July 2015, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:Networks & Neighbours
Organiser:Otávio Luiz Vieira Pinto, School of History, University of Leeds / Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior (CAPES)
Moderator/Chair:Otávio Luiz Vieira Pinto, School of History, University of Leeds / Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior (CAPES)
Paper 814-aSearching for the Visigothic State: Monarchy and Aristocracy in the Visigothic Kingdom of Toledo
(Language: English)
Paulo Pachá, Departamento de História, Universidade Federal Fluminense, Rio de Janeiro
Index terms: Mentalities, Political Thought, Politics and Diplomacy, Social History
Paper 814-bMerovingian Testaments and Power Relations in the Transference of Goods
(Language: English)
Karen Torres da Rosa, Faculdade de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas, Universidade de São Paulo
Index terms: Economics - General, Genealogy and Prosopography, Mentalities, Political Thought
Paper 814-cNorthumbrian Aristocracy through the Archaeological Evidence
(Language: English)
Renato Rodrigues Da Silva, Department of History, University of Leicester
Index terms: Archaeology - General, Historiography - Modern Scholarship, Mentalities, Political Thought
Abstract

This session explores the relationships and interactions which sustained and (trans)formed the early medieval aristocracy. Paulo Pachá frames Visigothic society in terms of relations of personal dependence, developing a structural characterization of the aristocracy as a whole (lay and ecclesiastical) and its relations with the monarchical power. Karen Torres da Rosa explores the intricacies of aristocratic social and familial networks in the Merovingian Gaul, through a close reading of the surviving testaments. Renato Rodrigues da Silva considers recent developments in the settlement and burial archaeology of early medieval Northumbria, as a means of developing a clearer understanding of the activities and relations of the Northumbrian elite.