IMC 2018: Sessions

Session 1508: Peace, Power, and Portrayal: Kingship in the 12th and 13th Centuries

Thursday 5 July 2018, 09.00-10.30

Organiser:Thomas Tollefsen, School of History, Archaeology & Religion, Cardiff University
Moderator/Chair:Helle Vogt, Center for Retskulturelle Studier, Det Juridiske Fakultet, KĂžbenhavns Universitet
Paper 1508-aOur Man in Bethune: Writing about Rulers in the Histoire des ducs de Normandie et des rois d'Angleterre
(Language: English)
Paul Webster, School of History, Archaeology & Religion, Cardiff University
Index terms: Archives and Sources, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 1508-bRemembering the Kingmakers: Consolidation of Power and Minorities in Scandinavia
(Language: English)
Thomas Tollefsen, School of History, Archaeology & Religion, Cardiff University
Index terms: Administration, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 1508-cThe 'Special Friend': Portraying the Arbitrating King
(Language: English)
Jenny Benham, School of History, Archaeology & Religion, Cardiff University
Index terms: Charters and Diplomatics, Politics and Diplomacy
Abstract

The papers in this session aim to examine how medieval kingship – the good, the bad, and the underage – was portrayed and remembered across Europe in the High Middle Ages. It will do so through the lens of a number of well-known narrative sources, their translations and interpretations: Heimskringla, Histoire des ducs de Normandie et des rois d’Angleterre, and the Gesta Regis Henrici Secundi. This will make it possible to draw out points of comparison and contrast about the cultural and political conditions that shaped collective perceptions of rulers in this period.