IMC 2018: Sessions

Session 818: Transformations of Power: Sessions in Honour of Paul Fouracre, I - From the Merovingians to the Carolingians

Tuesday 3 July 2018, 16.30-18.00

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:Charles Insley, Department of History, University of Manchester
Paper 818-aEternal Light and Earthly Images: Lighting Churches and the Struggle for Power in 8th-Century Rome
(Language: English)
Marios Costambeys, Department of History, University of Liverpool
Index terms: Architecture - Religious, Economics - General, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 818-bComparing Resources: Reading Carolingian Political Economy through the Merovingians
(Language: English)
Jennifer R. Davis, Department of History, Catholic University of America, Washington DC
Index terms: Economics - General, Politics and Diplomacy
Abstract

The first of four sessions in honour of the retirement of Paul Fouracre, this session examines one of the periods most associated with his work: the 8th century, and the transformation from Merovingian to Carolingian Francia.

Marios Costambeys examines a recently-discovered fresco at the church of Santa Sabina in Rome and discusses the significance of the fresco’s imagery and contemporary relations between elites in Rome and Constantinople. Jennifer Davis examines how Carolingian political structures intersected with their economic developments and what they borrowed from Merovingian practice.