IMC 2019: Sessions

Session 206: New Perspectives on Frederick II of Hohenstaufen, II

Monday 1 July 2019, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Institute of Medieval & Early Modern Studies, Durham University
Organiser:Len Scales, Institute of Medieval & Early Modern Studies, Durham University
Moderator/Chair:Björn Weiler, Department of History & Welsh History, Aberystwyth University
Paper 206-aWonder of the World or Blasphemous Sinner?: The Many Deaths of Frederick II in Contemporary Historiography
(Language: English)
Manuel Kamenzin, Historisches Institut, Ruhr-Universität Bochum
Manuel Kamenzin, Historisches Institut, Ruhr-Universität Bochum
Manuel Kamenzin, Historisches Institut, Ruhr-Universität Bochum
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Historiography - Medieval, Political Thought, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 206-bAppearances of Frederick II in the Rhine Area in 1285: How to Represent Oneself in Order to be Recognized as a True Emperor
(Language: English)
Anna Gerstein, Institute of World History, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow
Anna Gerstein, Institute of World History, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow
Anna Gerstein, Institute of World History, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Political Thought, Politics and Diplomacy
Abstract

This session examines aspects of the reign of Frederick II of Hohenstaufen (1194-1250), concentrating particularly upon Frederick’s reign in Germany and on the construction of contemporary and posthumous medieval images of Frederick in historiography, myth, and folklore. Paper A applies quantitative methods to reassess Frederick’s relations with the German princes, while papers B and C explore the mythologizing, respectively, of aspects of his personality and of his death. A fourth paper examines a late-13th-century instance of impersonation of Frederick in Germany.