IMC 2018: Sessions

Session 1118: Transformations of Power: Sessions in Honour of Paul Fouracre, III - Communication, Consensus, and Exchange

Wednesday 4 July 2018, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Centre for Medieval & Early Modern Studies, University of Manchester
Organisers:Katherine Fliegel, School of Arts, Languages & Cultures, University of Manchester
Ryan T. Goodman, Department of History, University of Manchester
Sihong Lin, Department of History, University of Manchester
Moderator/Chair:Chris Wickham, Faculty of History, University of Oxford
Paper 1118-aTangled Transactions in Desiderius of Cahors
(Language: English)
Danuta Shanzer, Institut für Klassische Philologie, Mittel- und Neulatein, Universität Wien
Index terms: Administration, Economics - General, Law
Paper 1118-bRevisiting Breton Disputes
(Language: English)
Wendy Davies, Independent Scholar, Woolstone
Index terms: Charters and Diplomatics, Law, Politics and Diplomacy, Social History
Paper 1118-cConsensus in Merovingian Politics: An Assessment of the Validity of the Concept of Consensus for Understanding 7th-Century Francia
(Language: English)
Ian N. Wood, School of History, University of Leeds
Index terms: Political Thought, Politics and Diplomacy

The third of four sessions in honour of the retirement of Paul Fouracre, this session looks at the related themes of communication, exchange, and consensus.

Danuta Shanzer discusses case studies involving financial transactions from the letters of Desiderius of Cahors, and the difficulties of using epistolographic, rather than documentary, evidence. Wendy Davies revisits a 1986 book co-edited with Paul Fouracre on the settlement of disputes, applying techniques developed from work on Iberian judicial records to explore Breton disputes. Ian Wood reassesses the validity of the concept of consensus in Frankish history.