IMC 2018: Sessions

Session 1218: Transformations of Power: Sessions in Honour of Paul Fouracre, IV - Beyond Francia

Wednesday 4 July 2018, 14.15-15.45

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:Helmut Reimitz, Department of History, Princeton University
Paper 1218-aThe Age of Charles Martel and Liutprand: Cultures of Governance in the 8th-Century West
(Language: English)
Christopher Heath, Department of History, Politics & Philosophy, Manchester Metropolitan University
Index terms: Administration, Military History, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 1218-bThe Frankish Connection: Lombard and Byzantine Involvement in Merovingian Gaul, c. 662-680
(Language: English)
Thomas Brown, School of History, Classics & Archaeology, University of Edinburgh
Index terms: Administration, Byzantine Studies, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 1218-cHistory and Biography in Visigothic Iberia: Byzantines, Goths and Romans
(Language: English)
Jamie Wood, School of History & Heritage, University of Lincoln
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Historiography - Medieval, Politics and Diplomacy

The last of four sessions in honour of the retirement of Paul Fouracre, this session moves beyond Francia and examines the place of the Franks in the wider world of the Early Middle Ages. The papers explore the themes visible in his career, particularly the development of institutional power, in Lombardy, Byzantium, and Iberia, and the connections between those medieval polities.

Christopher Heath looks at cultures of governance in the 8th century, under Liutprand, king of Lombardy, and Charles Martel. Tom Brown examines Lombard and Byzantine involvement in the West, and particularly Merovingian Gaul. Jamie Wood, expanding on Prof Fouracre’s work on Merovingian hagiography, traces interaction between the Iberian peninsula and Byzantium in the Visigothic period through biographies of bishops.