By Simon MacLean
Reading the cave in of the pan-European Carolingian Empire in 888 (as obvious in the course of the reign of its final ruler, Charles the Fat), this learn argues opposed to the widely pessimistic perspectives of the energy of overdue ninth-century politics. Its conclusions recommend a brand new approach of taking a look at the political heritage of the interval, and supply new interpretations of facets of early medieval kingship, govt and ancient writing.
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Dilcher and C. ), Strutture e transformazioni della signoria rurale nei secoli X–XII (Bologna, 1996), pp. 169–285 at pp. 172–4. 14 Introduction confident that counties became increasingly heritable as time passed (or even if they did, that this necessarily diminished their character as royal benefices). 47 However, this was a fundamental tendency of early medieval politics which was not simply confined to the late ninth century. 48 Equally, leading aristocrats always expected honores, and maximising the political benefit of their distribution was one of the basic aims of kingship.
5] The Northmen took this as a good sign, and so that it might not be doubted that they would observe the peace, they hoisted a shield on high after their fashion and threw open the doors of their fortress. Our men, knowing nothing of their treacherousness, went into the fortress, some to trade, some to look around the fortifications. The Northmen reverted to their usual treacherousness by hauling down the shield of peace and closing the gates: all our men inside were either killed or bound in chains and kept for later ransoming.
Courts and Regions in Medieval Europe (Woodbridge, 2000), pp. 1–20, at p. 11. 36 The documents revealing such gifts cannot be isolated from their immediate political contexts and understood instead as facets of an amorphous ‘historical process’. 37 Furthermore, the ‘self-privatisation’ model of ninth-century politics is conceptually misconceived, as it rests on the idea that the most important, or even the only important, historically significant way that aristocrats relate to kings is materially.
Kingship and Politics in the Late Ninth Century: Charles the Fat and the End of the Carolingian Empire by Simon MacLean