Session814
TitleNetworks & Neighbours, IV: Tracing Aristocratic Networks in Three Early Medieval Kingdoms
Date/TimeTuesday 7 July 2015: 16.30-18.00
 
SponsorNetworks & Neighbours
 
OrganiserOtávio Luiz Vieira Pinto, Centro de Ciências Humanas e da Educação, Universidade do Estado de Santa Catarina, Brazil
 
Moderator/ChairOtávio Luiz Vieira Pinto, Centro de Ciências Humanas e da Educação, Universidade do Estado de Santa Catarina, Brazil
 
Paper 814-a Searching for the Visigothic State: Monarchy and Aristocracy in the Visigothic Kingdom of Toledo
(Language: English)
Paulo Pachá, Departamento de História, Universidade Federal Fluminense, Rio de Janeiro
Index Terms: Mentalities; Political Thought; Politics and Diplomacy; Social History
Paper 814-b Merovingian Testaments and Power Relations in the Transference of Goods
(Language: English)
Karen Torres da Rosa, Faculdade de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas, Universidade de São Paulo
Index Terms: Economics - General; Genealogy and Prosopography; Mentalities; Political Thought
Paper 814-c Northumbrian Aristocracy through the Archaeological Evidence
(Language: English)
Renato Rodrigues Da Silva, Department of History, University of Leicester
Index Terms: Archaeology - General; Historiography - Modern Scholarship; Mentalities; Political Thought
 
AbstractThis session explores the relationships and interactions which sustained and (trans)formed the early medieval aristocracy. Paulo Pachá frames Visigothic society in terms of relations of personal dependence, developing a structural characterization of the aristocracy as a whole (lay and ecclesiastical) and its relations with the monarchical power. Karen Torres da Rosa explores the intricacies of aristocratic social and familial networks in the Merovingian Gaul, through a close reading of the surviving testaments. Renato Rodrigues da Silva considers recent developments in the settlement and burial archaeology of early medieval Northumbria, as a means of developing a clearer understanding of the activities and relations of the Northumbrian elite.