IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 457: Medieval Monarchies and Rulership in Comparative Context: A Round Table Discussion

Monday 6 July 2020, 19.00-20.00

Sponsor:American Academy of Research Historians of Medieval Spain (AARHMS)
Organiser:Christian Raffensperger, Department of History, Wittenberg University, Ohio
Moderator/Chair:Elena Woodacre, Department of History, University of Winchester
Abstract

This round table brings together scholars of rule and rulership from diverse areas to discuss key questions about what it actually meant to be a ruler in medieval Europe. Who were the rulers? What were the roles of families? What titles mattered? What were the functions of rulers? How and where did co-rulership function? These and many more questions will be discussed in a broadly comparative manner that will, ideally, bring out new ideas about rulership throughout medieval Europe, from Iberia to Scandinavia and England to eastern Europe.

Participants include Maria João Branco (Universidade Nova de Lisboa), Christian Raffensperger (Wittenberg University, Ohio), Laura Wangerin (Seton Hall University, New Jersey), and Björn Weiler (Aberystwyth University).