Session 135: Southern Italy in the Norman and Staufen Periods, I: Negotiating Power
Monday 4 July 2016, 11.15-12.45
|Daniel Siegmund, Independent Scholar, Leipzig
|Amy Devenney, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
|'Normanitas' and Lordship: Reassessing Norman Identity in the South
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Politics and Diplomacy, Social History
|The Networks of Power of the South Italian Nobility in the 12th Century
Index terms: Politics and Diplomacy, Social History
|The Mosaic of Roger II in Santa Maria dell'Ammiraglio in Palermo: 'essentially a political manifesto'
Index terms: Lay Piety, Liturgy, Religious Life
Paper -a seeks to reassess historiographic texts from 11th-century Italy as agents in the establishment and consolidation of new polities in the South and highlights their potential value as sources to the internal socio-political structures of these realms. Paper -b explores the social re-structuring of the Norman aristocracy under the new Hauteville Monarchy, and how a new political game was created from the shifting interactions between the crown and the territorial nobility. Paper -c compares forms of religious representation of power in the second half of the 12th century, focusing on the one hand, on the Norman rulers William I, William II, and Tancred of Sicily and, on the other, on the emperors Fredrick I and Henry VI.