Session Title

Rulership in Medieval Central Europe (Bohemia, Hungary, and Poland): Ideal and Practice

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Center for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, Univ. of Florida; Research Group on Manuscript Evidence

Organizer Name

Mildred Budny, Florin Curta

Organizer Affiliation

Research Group on Manuscript Evidence, Univ. of Florida

Presider Name

Dušan Zupka

Presider Affiliation

Univ. of Oxford

Paper Title 1

Rulership in Early Medieval Bohemia: Between Ideals and Everyday Reality

Presenter 1 Name

Martin Wihoda

Presenter 1 Affiliation

Masarykova Univ.

Paper Title 2

Theory and Practice of Legitimizing Royal Power in Early Medieval Hungary: The Arpadian Dynasty

Presenter 2 Name

Vincent Múcska

Presenter 2 Affiliation

Comenius Univ.

Paper Title 3

Royal Exercise of Political, Cultural, and Legal Leadership in Fourteenth-Century East Central Europe

Presenter 3 Name

Paul W. Knoll

Presenter 3 Affiliation

Univ. of Southern California

Start Date

12-5-2017 1:30 PM

Session Location

Schneider 1360

Description

Much has changed over the last 15 years or so in the study of political ideology, rituals, and symbols. The debate over ritual between Gerd Althoff and Philippe Buc has not taken into consideration the large body of literary evidence pertaining to court rituals and ideal representations of power in East Central Europe--Bohemia, Hungary, and Poland. On the other hand, that debate has only recently percolated to the local schools of historical research in East Central Europe. The results of those combined changes have not yet received closer scholarly scrutiny. This session is meant to provide an overview of the most recent research on ideal rulership in theory and practice, with a particular emphasis on East Central Europe. Was the region different in that respect from Western Europe? Are there any specific features of the ideal representation of rulership in Bohemia, Poland, and Hungary? What are the most salient features of the ritual practice of power in the region? The speakers aim to provide answers to these questions.

Mildred Budny

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May 12th, 1:30 PM

Rulership in Medieval Central Europe (Bohemia, Hungary, and Poland): Ideal and Practice

Schneider 1360

Much has changed over the last 15 years or so in the study of political ideology, rituals, and symbols. The debate over ritual between Gerd Althoff and Philippe Buc has not taken into consideration the large body of literary evidence pertaining to court rituals and ideal representations of power in East Central Europe--Bohemia, Hungary, and Poland. On the other hand, that debate has only recently percolated to the local schools of historical research in East Central Europe. The results of those combined changes have not yet received closer scholarly scrutiny. This session is meant to provide an overview of the most recent research on ideal rulership in theory and practice, with a particular emphasis on East Central Europe. Was the region different in that respect from Western Europe? Are there any specific features of the ideal representation of rulership in Bohemia, Poland, and Hungary? What are the most salient features of the ritual practice of power in the region? The speakers aim to provide answers to these questions.

Mildred Budny