Session504
TitleHow To Criticise a King?
Date/TimeTuesday 4 July 2017: 09.00-10.30
 
OrganiserAlheydis Plassmann, Institut für Geschichtswissenschaft, Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn
 
Moderator/ChairStephen Church, School of History, University of East Anglia
 
Paper 504-a Aiming at the King's Favourites
(Language: English)
Dominik Büschken, Sonderforschungsbereich 1167 'Macht und Herrschaft - Vormoderne Konfigurationen in transkultureller Perspektive', Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn
Index Terms: Administration; Social History
Paper 504-b Bishops Criticising the King
(Language: English)
Britta Hermans, Sonderforschungsbereich 1167 'Macht und Herrschaft - Vormoderne Konfigurationen in transkultureller Perspektive', Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn
Index Terms: Ecclesiastical History; Mentalities
Paper 504-c Sudden Death: Judging the King's Rule in Retrospective
(Language: English)
Alheydis Plassmann, Institut für Geschichtswissenschaft, Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn
Index Terms: Historiography - Medieval; Political Thought
 
AbstractThis session will concentrate on instruments, methods, and objectives of criticism of the ruler in the light of concepts of ideal rule. Critic of the king's action can be aimed indirectly at the king’s servants instead of the ruler himself (-a). The bishops as trusted advisors of the king can veil their criticism by exemplary actions that invoke the virtues of a sacred and good ruler (-b). Strategies of criticism include also the sharp denunciation of already dead rulers whose sudden death is explained as a proof for God’s judgment on their bad rule (-c).