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IMC 2023: Sessions

Session 1013: Medieval Roman Empires East and West, I: Emperors and Others

Wednesday 5 July 2023, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:Institute of Medieval & Early Modern Studies, Durham University
Organiser:Len Scales, Institute of Medieval & Early Modern Studies, Durham University
Moderator/Chair:Jonathan Shepard, Khalili Research Centre, University of Oxford
Paper 1013-aLooking for Imperial Agents in the Holy Roman Empire
(Language: English)
Jonathan Lyon, Department of History, University of Chicago, Illinois
Index terms: Administration, Political Thought, Politics and Diplomacy, Social History
Paper 1013-bDecentring the Byzantine Emperor: Constraints and Limitations on Imperial Action, 1258-1341
(Language: English)
James Cogbill, Faculty of History, University of Oxford
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Genealogy and Prosopography, Politics and Diplomacy, Social History
Paper 1013-cPerforming Imperial Resilience in the Late Middle Ages: Manuel II and Sigismund of Luxemburg
(Language: English)
Sebastian Kolditz, Historisches Seminar, Ruprecht-Karls-Universit├Ąt Heidelberg
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Political Thought, Politics and Diplomacy

The session examines eastern (Byzantine) and western (Holy Roman) emperors in relation to other political actors, both externally (their eastern/western imperial counterpart) and internally (local imperial representatives, other powerful families). It seeks to shed light both on the lineaments and the limits of the personal power of emperors, and in so doing to stimulate reflection on the nature of the two empires themselves and of pre-modern imperial power more broadly.