Building Legitimacy: Political Discourses and Forms of by Isabel Alfonso Anton, Professor of Arabic Hugh Kennedy,

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

This quantity provides a range 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 partly I examine specific situations during which methods of legitimation might be obvious at paintings, so as to disentangle the wide variety of ideas and assets deployed through competing actors in a given context. half II gathers 5 articles discussing the categorical discourses of legitimation contained in a textual content or crew of similar texts, with a purpose to divulge their intricacies and their touching on the way in which historians examine their assets. The booklet purports to be of relevance for readers drawn to new methods of drawing close the historical past of strength. With contributions by way 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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556–7. 32 Fouracre (forthcoming) on the Carolingian denigration of their predecessors. ,      19 the kingdom in a very practical sense. The Carolingian answer to tradition was to represent the new dynasty as dynamic where the old had been sluggish, thus yet again making the point that the name of kings should reside where the power was. This theme works its way even into the simplest of narratives. For the year 790, for instance, the Royal Frankish Annals had virtually nothing to report: Charlemagne did nothing of note that year.

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.

Mango and R. Scott (Oxford: 1997). The Theodosian Code, trans, C. Pharr (Princeton: 1952). The Fourth Book of the Chronicle of Fredegar with its Continuations, ed. and trans. M. Wallace-Hadrill (London: 1960). Secondary works Airlie S. (1999) “Narratives of Triumph and Rituals of Submission: Charlemagne’s Mastering of Bavaria”, Transactions of the Royal Historical Society, 6th series, 9 (1999) 93–119. Becher M. (1994) “Der sogenannte Staatsstreich Grimoalds. Versuch einer Neubewertung”, in Karl Martel in seiner Zeit, ed.

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