Session 504: How To Criticise a King?
Tuesday 4 July 2017, 09.00-10.30
|Organiser:||Alheydis Plassmann, Sonderforschungsbereich 1167 'Macht und Herrschaft - Vormoderne Konfigurationen in transkultureller Perspektive',|
|Moderator/Chair:||Stephen Church, School of History, University of East Anglia|
|Paper 504-a||Aiming at the King's Favourites|
Index terms: Administration, Social History
|Paper 504-b||Bishops Criticising the King|
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Mentalities
|Paper 504-c||Sudden Death: Judging the King's Rule in Retrospective|
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Political Thought
This session will concentrate on instruments, methods, and objectives of criticism of the ruler in the light of concepts of ideal rule. Critic of the king’s action can be aimed indirectly at the king’s servants instead of the ruler himself (-a). The bishops as trusted advisors of the king can veil their criticism by exemplary actions that invoke the virtues of a sacred and good ruler (-b). Strategies of criticism include also the sharp denunciation of already dead rulers whose sudden death is explained as a proof for God’s judgment on their bad rule (-c).