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

This quantity provides a range of papers exploring the methods in which medieval powers sought to legitimize themselves, the political discourses during which this was once effected, and a variety of comparable difficulties. The six chapters partially I examine specific instances during which approaches of legitimation could be obvious at paintings, so as to disentangle the big variety of recommendations and assets deployed by means of competing actors in a given context. half II gathers 5 articles discussing the explicit discourses of legitimation contained in a textual content or workforce of comparable texts, so one can divulge their intricacies and their touching on the way in which historians examine their resources. The booklet purports to be of relevance for readers attracted to new methods of forthcoming the heritage of energy. 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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8 Murray (1998). 6   upset the balance of power in neighbouring kingdoms. at the hands of the Byzantines. One can identify two main considerations which encouraged magnates to gravitate towards the kings and accept their authority as a prime source of legitimate power. First was the access to the power and wealth which came from exercising command in the king’s name, and second was the protection of property and privilege to which the kings were committed. At least in theory, the king’s command was, like that of the Roman Emperor, law, and sometimes it was expressed in very Roman terms.

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). Hincmar, Capitula in synodo apud S. Macram (‘Synod of Fismes’) c. 8 ‘ad regem’, PL 121 i, cols. 1084–6. Liber Historiae Francorum, ed.

Drawing on Isidore of Seville, the author of the Passio Leudegarii describes a chaotic interregnum before a new king was raised to the throne and the royal palace reconstituted. 24 Interestingly, the author who is virulently anti-Ebroin, admitted that things calmed down when Ebroin had once again become mayor. He was unjust, and wicked, full of malitia, but by becoming mayor again he had acquired the ius potestatis, the right of power, and he used this right to re-establish order. Our author here refers to the issue of an edict which seems to draw on a law from the Theodosian code which concerned the settling of property claims in the aftermath 23 24 Pactus legis Salicae c.

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