TitleTexts and Identities, V: The Merovingians and Their Past
Date/TimeThursday 4 July 2013: 09.00-10.30
SponsorInstitut für Mittelalterforschung, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien / Utrecht Centre for Medieval Studies, Universiteit Utrecht / Faculty of History, University of Cambridge
OrganiserE. T. Dailey
Gerda Heydemann, Geschichte der Spätantike und des frühen Mittelalters, Friedrich-Meinecke-Institut, Freie Universität Berlin
Moderator/ChairHelmut Reimitz, Department of History, Princeton University
Paper 1510-a Making and Unmaking Chlothar II into a Merovingian: How to Exploit a Family Tree
(Language: English)
E. T. Dailey,
Index Terms: Historiography - Medieval; Mentalities; Political Thought
Paper 1510-b The Origins and Identity of the Franks: The Trojan Narrative in Early Medieval Historiographical Texts
(Language: English)
N. Kıvılcım Yavuz, Institute for Medieval Studies / School of History, University of Leeds
Index Terms: Historiography - Medieval; Learning (The Classical Inheritance); Mentalities
Paper 1510-c Image of Kings Past: The Merovingian Monastic Policies in Burgundy
(Language: English)
Yaniv Fox, Department of General History, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat Gan
Index Terms: Administration; Monasticism; Political Thought
AbstractThis session focuses on the Merovingian interest in the past, and their utilisation of remembrance for contemporary political and social purposes. E. T. Dailey examines the issue of Chlothar II's dubious paternity, and its enduring political potency. N. Kıvılcım Yavuz traces the emergence and development of the Frankish belief in their Trojan origins, and the varying function of this story within a series of historiographical texts. Yaniv Fox investigates the Merovingian policy of royal patronage for monastic intuitions within the Rhône Basin as a self-conscious continuation the polices of a once-independent Burgundian kingdom.