IMC 2018: Sessions

Session 1617: Shaping the Past after the Carolingian Empire, II: Ideals, Place, and Space

Thursday 5 July 2018, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:After Empire: Using & Not Using the Past in the Crisis of the Carolingian World, c. 900-1050
Organiser:Alice Hicklin, Friedrich-Meinecke-Institut, Freie Universität Berlin
Moderator/Chair:Sarah Greer, St Andrews Institute of Mediaeval Studies, University of St Andrews
Paper 1617-aLegacies of Empire: Rethinking the Dynamics of the Dano-Saxon-Slav Border in the Late 10th Century
(Language: English)
Paul Gazzoli, Department of Scandinavian Studies, University College London
Index terms: Geography and Settlement Studies, Historiography - Medieval, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 1617-bRoman Law as a Bad Custom in 10th-Century Raetia Curiensis
(Language: English)
Stefan Esders, Friedrich-Meinecke-Institut, Freie Universität Berlin
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Law, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 1617-cRemembering the Carolingian Past in 10th-Century Italy: The Libellus de imperatoria potestate in urbe Roma
(Language: English)
Roberta Cimino, Department of History, University of Nottingham
Index terms: Political Thought, Politics and Diplomacy

Memories of the past are contained in all genres of text. In the new political order that arose following the collapse of the Carolingian empire, authors used every tool at their disposal to express their own ideas about what should happen in the here-and-now. The legacies of past empires – both Carolingian and Roman – offered a reservoir of authority that could be wielded in many different ways by their successors. This session examines memories of the imperial past linked to normative discourses in the 10th and 11th centuries, exploring where and how these visions of empire were used to comment on the present.