IMC 2016: Sessions

Session 1528: Cultural Transfer in the Staufen Empire North and South of the Alps: The Early Staufen in Italy - Perceptions, Practices, Encounters, I

Thursday 7 July 2016, 09.00-10.30

Organiser:Jürgen Dendorfer, Lehrstuhl für Mittelalterliche Geschichte, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
Moderator/Chair:Levi Roach, Department of History, University of Exeter
Paper 1528-aThe Court of Frederic Barbarossa in Italy
(Language: English)
Jürgen Dendorfer, Lehrstuhl für Mittelalterliche Geschichte, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
Jürgen Dendorfer, Lehrstuhl für Mittelalterliche Geschichte, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 1528-bImperial Vicars between Germany and Italy during the Empire of Frederick I Barbarossa and Henry VI
(Language: English)
Alberto Spataro, Dipartimento di Storia, archeologia, e storia dell'arte, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milano
Alberto Spataro, Dipartimento di Storia, archeologia, e storia dell'arte, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milano
Index terms: Administration, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 1528-cRoyal Charters of Barbarossa in Italy and the Use of Feudal Law
(Language: English)
Rebekka de Vries, Lehrstuhl für Mittelalterliche Geschichte, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
Rebekka de Vries, Lehrstuhl für Mittelalterliche Geschichte, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
Index terms: Charters and Diplomatics, Law
Abstract

In the second half of the twefth century, the elites of two political and cultural systems of the Staufen Empire – the kingdoms of Italy and Germany – were exposed to each other over a long period of time. For several decades the courts of Frederic Barbarossa (1152-1190) and Henry VI (1190-1197) spent their time south of the Alps. This entourage from the northern realm, a heterogeneous group ranging from imperial princes to chancery notaries, all accustomed to quasi-monarchical rule, encountered a political system that was defined by election and rotation of offices: the Italian commune. The king and his princes, brought up within the oral culture of the German kingdom, had to rule Italy by principles that were characterized by literacy and learned law. And even economically the Italian kingdom was alien to them, as it was much more heavily monetized.These two sessions seek to explore the cultural transfer that took place at and which was facilitated by the Staufen court through the key concepts of perception, practices, and encounters.