Session 228: Practices and Legacies of Kingship, II: Dynastic Legacy and Legitimacy
Monday 4 July 2016, 14.15-15.45
|Kerstin Hundahl, Historiska Institutionen, Lunds Universitet
|Mia Münster-Swendsen, Institut for Kommunikation og Humanistisk Videnskab, Roskilde Universitet
|The Problem of Paternity: Henry II of England and Geoffrey of Anjou
Index terms: Genealogy and Prosopography, Historiography - Medieval, Politics and Diplomacy
|The Quest for Heirs: The Marriage and Kin Strategies of the Capetians between 1140 and 1240
Index terms: Genealogy and Prosopography, Language and Literature - French or Occitan, Politics and Diplomacy
|Valdemar II the Legislator: The Right Order of Society in Late Medieval Denmark?
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Law, Politics and Diplomacy
This session seeks to explore aspects of dynastic legacies and issues of legitimacy. The first paper examines the dynastic legacy of Henry II, whose father’s status as a mere duke posed a paternity problem to Henry’s establishment of a legitimate dynasty and how Henry addressed such a paternity issue in the commissioning of a history of the dukes of Normandy. The second paper discusses the dynastic strategies of the Capetians and the strategies employed during times of turmoil to secure succession with particular focus on the French expansion into Languedoc. The third paper explores the legacy of the Danish king Valdemar II, later known as the Victorious but whose medieval epithet was 'the Legislator' and examines at the factual basis for his epithets and at the later development and use of his reputation.