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IMC 2018: Sessions

Session 1342: Power and Authority: The Remembrance, Legitimisation, and Exercise of Power in the Norman South

Wednesday 4 July 2018, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:Department of History, Lancaster University
Organiser:John Aspinwall, Department of History, Lancaster University
Moderator/Chair:Alex Metcalfe, Department of History, Lancaster University
Paper 1342-aAbbot Peter of Cava and the Paradox of Memory
(Language: English)
Graham A. Loud, School of History, University of Leeds
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Hagiography, Historiography - Medieval, Religious Life
Paper 1342-b'Let us recount these things worthy of memory': Hagiography and the Politics of Memory in the Norman Conquest of the Italian South
(Language: English)
Kalina Yamboliev, Department of History, University of California, Santa Barbara
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Hagiography, Historiography - Medieval, Religious Life
Paper 1342-cLooking Behind the Veil of Remembrance: Some Considerations on How Muslims Did Contribute to the Norman Conquest of Sicily
(Language: English)
Kordula Wolf, Abteilung Mittelalterliche Geschichte, Deutsches Historisches Institut, Roma
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Islamic and Arabic Studies, Military History, Politics and Diplomacy

The arrival of the Normans on the south Italian peninsula marked a decisive moment in the future direction of the region. From the first Norman victories, the gradual consolidation of the Norman territories into a single state was often undertaken by fundamental reorganisations to the existing legal, political, and religious frameworks and hierarchies. With the establishment of the Kingdom of Sicily, such developments were accompanied by intellectual and artistic enquiry as to the way in which power and authority could be remembered, legitimised, and exercised. This session seeks to examine the legacy of power and authority in Norman southern Italy with a particular focus on the historiographical implications of its remembrance.