Session 1212: Political Relations and Territorial Control in Carolingian Italy, 8th-10th Centuries, I
Wednesday 6 July 2016, 14.15-15.45
|Roberta Cimino, Department of History, University of Nottingham
Clemens Gantner, Institut für Mittelalterforschung, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien
|Marios Costambeys, Department of History, University of Liverpool
|Lothar I and Louis II: A Successful Carolingian Father-Son Partnership?
Index terms: Charters and Diplomatics, Historiography - Medieval, Political Thought, Politics and Diplomacy
|Louis II and Rome: On the Relationship of the Carolingian Emperor of Italy with 'His' Popes Nicholas I and Hadrian II
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Historiography - Medieval, Political Thought, Politics and Diplomacy
|Framing the Kingdom: The Sees of Parma and Arezzo between Louis II and Berengar
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Local History, Politics and Diplomacy
This is the first of two sessions on political relations and territorial control in 'Carolingian' Italy. This session focuses on Italy during the 9th century, exploring the long and understudied reign of Louis II. First, Elina Screen is going to talk about Louis II's relationship with his father Lothar I, and consider how successfully the partnership worked in practice. Louis's imperial coronation in 850 has been seen as a particularly important turning point. This paper will explore other factors in the relationship, including the Frankish expedition to Italy in 846/7. In the second paper, Clemens Gantner will look at Louis II's difficult interactions with the two popes that he helped to get ordained in the first place, Nicholas I and Hadrian II. The paper will address the crucial turning points in Louis's relations with those popes and the way they affected his rule over Italy. The session will be rounded off by Igor Santos Salazar, who will talk about the bishops of Modena and Arezzo during the second half of the 9th century. These case studies help to deconstruct the mechanisms of episcopal powers and cast light on the political dynamics of the 'Regnum Italiae' under Carolingian control.