IMC 2018: Sessions

Session 839: Remembering the Past after the Carolingian Empire, IV: Myths and Memories

Tuesday 3 July 2018, 16.30-18.00

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:Stuart Airlie, School of Humanities (History), University of Glasgow
Paper 839-aBeyond the Cadaver Synod: Myths of Pope Formosus and the Late Anglo-Saxon Church's Sense of Its Past
(Language: English)
Benjamin Savill, Wadham College, University of Oxford
Index terms: Charters and Diplomatics, Ecclesiastical History, Hagiography, Historiography - Medieval
Paper 839-b'Last in the order of kings': Prior Kings and Ideas about Kingship in the West Frankish kingdom, c. 1000
(Language: English)
Fraser McNair, School of History, University of Leeds
Index terms: Language and Literature - Latin, Mentalities, Political Thought, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 839-c'Pro spe futurae remunerationis': Queens, Memorialization, and the Hope for a Better Future in the Ottonian Empire
(Language: English)
Megan Welton, Medieval Institute, University of Notre Dame, Indiana
Index terms: Charters and Diplomatics, Lay Piety, Liturgy, Politics and Diplomacy

This session seeks to appreciate the politics of the 10th and 11th Century – both secular and ecclesiastic – by trying to understand how individuals and institutions in this period themselves saw their own relationship to what had gone before. Memories of kings, queens and popes could be harnessed to serve present needs, reacting to the rise of new forms of authority and rulership. By examining how and why these memories of the past emerged and were cultivated in the 10th and 11th centuries, these papers explore how authors searched for legitimacy and identity in new remembrances of the past.