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IMC 2019: Sessions

Session 1709: Pushing the Boundaries of Late Carolingian Kingship: The Reign of Louis the Blind and Its Aftermath

Thursday 4 July 2019, 14.15-15.45

Organiser:Fraser McNair, School of History, University of Leeds
Moderator/Chair:Stuart Airlie, School of Humanities (History), University of Glasgow
Paper 1709-aErmengarda: An Imperial Daughter and Mother between Italy and Provence
(Language: English)
Roberta Cimino, Department of History, University of Nottingham
Index terms: Gender Studies, Genealogy and Prosopography, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 1709-bLouis the Not-Yet-Blind: The King of Provence in His Charters, 890-905
(Language: English)
Luise Nöllemeyer, Sonderforschungsbereich 923 'Bedrohte Ordnungen', Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen
Index terms: Charters and Diplomatics, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 1709-cNo Heir or Too Many?: The Succession to Louis the Blind in Provence
(Language: English)
Fraser McNair, School of History, University of Leeds
Index terms: Charters and Diplomatics, Political Thought, Politics and Diplomacy

Louis the Blind was the son of Boso of Provence, the first non-Carolingian king in the Frankish world for a century and a half. From his birth to his adoption by Charles the Fat in 887 to his blinding, Louis' career as king and emperor was unusual by the standards of his time. This panel brings together three papers on different aspects of Louis' rule to explore what the life of this king (who stood at the edge of so many contemporary norms) can tell us about practices and expectations of kingship as the Carolingian world became the post-Carolingian world.