By Isabel Alfonso Anton, Professor of Arabic Hugh Kennedy, Julio Escalona Monge

This quantity offers a variety of papers exploring the methods wherein medieval powers sought to legitimize themselves, the political discourses in which this used to be effected, and a variety of similar difficulties. The six chapters partially I examine specific situations during which approaches of legitimation might be visible at paintings, so as to disentangle the big variety of suggestions and assets deployed through competing actors in a given context. half II gathers 5 articles discussing the explicit discourses of legitimation contained in a textual content or crew of comparable texts, so that it will reveal their intricacies and their relating the way in which historians examine their resources. The ebook purports to be of relevance for readers attracted to new methods of drawing close the heritage of strength. With contributions by means of Frances Andrews, Carlos Estepa, Paul Fouracre, Chris Given-Wilson, Piotr G?recki, Patrick Henriet, Jos? Antonio Jara Fuente, Cristina Jular P?rez-Alfaro and Stephen D. White.

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In other words, this volume told of how a new exclusive bloodline had been established, and of how the new kings had become the saviours of Rome. Although the Carolingians in part derived legitmacy from their role as protectors of St Peter, and despite the fact that there was a Romanising tendency in Frankish culture at this time, with Charlemagne, of course, eventually being crowned ‘Roman Emperor’, the rulers also distanced themselves from the memory of the Roman Empire. a. 749. McKitterick (2000) on how royalty for the Carolingians was constructed in the Royal Frankish Annals.

Let us now bring conflict into the picture. I shall focus first of all on political conflict in the 670s, because this is unusually well documented. One of the protagonists was a bishop, Leudegar of Autun. He was executed and held to be a martyr. It is his Passio, or record of his sufferings, composed within few years of 18 Note, for instance, the overlapping of the secular Edict of Paris, and the ecclesiastical Council of Paris, both coming from the year 614. See Fouracre (2000b) 12. 19 The term (Adelsselbstheiligung) was first coined by Friedrich Prinz (1965) 489–93, for problems in using the term Fouracre and Gerberding (1996) 49.

Dhuoda, LiberManualis. Dhuodane quem ad filium suam transmisit Whilhelmum, ed. and trans. P. Riché, Dhuoda, Manuel pour mon fils (2nd edtn. Paris: 1991). ,      25 Die Urkunden der Merowinger, ed. T. Kölzer, MGH Diplomata Regum Francorum e stirpe Merovingica (Hanover: 2001). Edictus Chilperici, ed. A. Boretius, MGH Capitularia Regum Francorum I (Hanover: 1883) 8–10. Einhard, The Life of Charlemagne, ed. and trans. P. Dutton, Charlemagne’s Courtier. The Complete Einhard (Ontario: 1998).

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