IMC 2018: Sessions

Session 739: Remembering the Past after the Carolingian Empire, III: Memories of Rule, Acts of Authority

Tuesday 3 July 2018, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:After Empire: Using & Not Using the Past in the Crisis of the Carolingian World, c. 900-1050
Organiser:Sarah Greer, St Andrews Institute of Mediaeval Studies, University of St Andrews
Moderator/Chair:Sarah Greer, St Andrews Institute of Mediaeval Studies, University of St Andrews
Paper 739-aA Memory in Between: Using or Not Using the Carolingian Past in 10th-Century Nonantola's Abbey
(Language: English)
Edoardo Manarini, Deutsches Historisches Institut, Roma
Index terms: Charters and Diplomatics, Monasticism, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 739-b'Zum Raum wird hier die Zeit': Place, Memory, and Text in the Annals of Quedlinburg
(Language: English)
Stuart Airlie, School of Humanities (History), University of Glasgow
Index terms: Political Thought, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 739-cWhat's in a Name?: Royal and Imperial Appellations in Royal Diplomata from Conrad I to Henry II
(Language: English)
Alice Hicklin, Friedrich-Meinecke-Institut, Freie Universität Berlin
Index terms: Charters and Diplomatics, Politics and Diplomacy

Of all the memories of the past, memories of past rulers had the most resounding impact on contemporary politics; representations of past rulers and forms of rulership could be used to comment on the present and to create ideals and models for the future. Writing about past kings and emperors was thus a powerful political act, inextricably linked to its immediate context of creation. How the Carolingian dynastic and political past was remembered and represented in diplomas and in annals provides us with a wealth of information on 10th- and 11th-century concerns in areas which came under the influence of a new – Ottonian – empire. This session examines the diverse uses of the past in both legal and narrative texts, highlighting the creative ways that memories could be reshaped for the needs of the present.