IMC 2017: Sessions

Session 722: Creating Communities and Others in and around the Frankish Kingdoms, c. 400-1000, II: Carolingian and Ottonian Connections

Tuesday 4 July 2017, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Kısmet Press, Leeds
Organiser:Ricky Broome, Leeds Institute for Clinical Trials Research (LICTR), University of Leeds
Moderator/Chair:Ian N. Wood, School of History, University of Leeds
Paper 722-aCultures of Kingship: The Oneiric Otherness of Guntramn in the Historia Langobardorum of Paul the Deacon
(Language: English)
Christopher Heath, Department of History, University of Manchester
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Mentalities, Political Thought
Paper 722-bSt Boniface's Monsters: Interpreting the Missionary Life in the Carolingian World
(Language: English)
Ricky Broome, Leeds Institute for Clinical Trials Research (LICTR), University of Leeds
Index terms: Hagiography, Political Thought, Religious Life
Paper 722-cWürzburg, Magdeburg, and a Cleric Named Poppo: Re-Writing Missions for the 10th Century
(Language: English)
Joanna Thornborough, St Andrews Institute of Mediaeval Studies, University of St Andrews
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Hagiography
Abstract

This session looks at how perceptions of otherness developed as Frankish influence over and involvement with the rest of Europe changed over the course of the 8th to 10th centuries. First, Christopher Heath demonstrates how an author from the edge of the Frankish world, Paul the Deacon, used the otherness of a Frankish king, Guntramn, to discuss concepts of kingship. The other two papers consider how otherness was re-interpreted and re-written in missionary hagiography to suit new needs and contexts. Richard Broome examines the depiction of the ‘others’ who confronted St Boniface in his letter collection and the first two Lives written about him. Joanna Thornborough shows how the conversion of the Danes and renewed missions in the East in the 10th century provided the context for a new Passio of St Kilian.