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IMC 2019: Sessions

Session 1207: Rulership in Medieval East Central Europe, II: Established Structures and Rituals

Wednesday 3 July 2019, 14.15-15.45

Organiser:Dušan Zupka, Institute of History, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Bratislava
Moderator/Chair:Grischa Vercamer, Tadeusz Manteuffel Institute of History, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warszawa
Paper 1207-aWith God's Help against the Enemy: Religion, Rituals, and Ruling Ideology on the Battlefield
(Language: English)
Dušan Zupka, Institute of History, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Bratislava
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Military History, Religious Life
Paper 1207-bRitual Practice of Power in Bohemia in the 14th Century
(Language: English)
Robert Antonín, Department of History, University of Ostrava
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Politics and Diplomacy, Social History
Paper 1207-cStrategies of Distinction and Ritual Communication in the Piast Dynasty in the 12th and 13th Century
(Language: English)
Marcin R. Pauk, Institute of Archeology & Ethnology, Polish Academy of Science, Warsazwa
Index terms: Hagiography, Historiography - Medieval, Religious Life, Social History

The session offers an insight into the modes of using rituals as an effective tool for political struggle in the high and late Middle Ages. Beside the analysis of the imagination of the ideal course of rituals and the contrast between this ideal and its realization, the papers also attempt to show the impact of ritual practise on the development of the social hierarchy in medieval East Central Europe. They will focus on how the rulers used the rituals (e.g. of war) to strengthen or legitimize their rule and dynastic power. Another aspect will be the comparative analysis of political rituals and their meaning for processes of state formation in the Holy Roman Empire and the East Central European realms in the Late Middle Ages.