Centre for Advanced Study (Oslo) – Department of Archaeology, Conservation and History (University of Oslo)
Conference – 22-23 February 2018
Det Norske Videnskaps-Akademi/Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters (Drammensveien 78, 0271 Oslo)
In high medieval Europe, conflict took a number of different forms, from large-scale battles, such as disputes over crowns, power and lands, to more local disputes over inheritance and property. In the absence of well-developed administrative structures which could limit conflict, cultural conventions, rituals and behavioural norms evolved to moderate violence within the elite community. The exchange of hostages, ransom of defeated opponents, oath-taking and creation of new bonds of friendship, all helped to re-establish stable relations between former opponents. With peace came a change in the balance of power within a region. Relationships between adversaries were restructured and redefined as treaties were concluded and new agreements made. Peace rituals allowed the new status quo to be publicly proclaimed and understood. By studying the restraint of violence and the imposition of peace, we can examine both the long and short term implications of conflict, and improve our understanding of how violence shaped the elite community in medieval Europe.
Continuer la lecture de Peacemaking and the Restraint of Violence in Medieval Europe (1100-1300): Practices, Actors and Behaviour
Mattison Alyxandra, The Execution and Burial of Criminals in Early Medieval England, c. 850-1150: an examination of changes in judicial punishment across the Norman Conquest, Thèse de doctorat soutenue en 2016 (University of Sheffield)
Continuer la lecture de Mattison Alyxandra, The Execution and Burial of Criminals in Early Medieval England, c. 850-1150: an examination of changes in judicial punishment across the Norman Conquest
Gleeson Caitríona M., A social archaeology of Anglo-Norman Cork, Thèse de doctorat soutenue en 2016 (NUI Galway)
Continuer la lecture de Gleeson Caitríona M., A social archaeology of Anglo-Norman Cork
Anderson Katherine, The influence of Scots and Norse law on law and governance in Orkney and Shetland 1450-1650, Thèse de doctorat soutenue en 2015 (University of Aberdeen)
Continuer la lecture de Anderson Katherine, The influence of Scots and Norse law on law and governance in Orkney and Shetland 1450-1650
Varley David Hugh, The whirling wheel : the male construction of empowered female identities in Old Norse myth and legend, Thèse de doctorat soutenue en 2015 (Durham University)
Continuer la lecture de Varley David Hugh, The whirling wheel : the male construction of empowered female identities in Old Norse myth and legend
Laidoner Triin, Ancestors, their worship and the elite in Viking Age and early medieval Scandinavia, Thèse de doctorat soutenue en 2015 (University of Aberdeen)
Continuer la lecture de Laidoner Triin, Ancestors, their worship and the elite in Viking Age and early medieval Scandinavia
Sandro Carocci, Signorie di Mezzogiorno. Società rurali, poteri aristocratici e monarchia (XII-XIII secolo), Roma (Viella) 2014.
Qual era il vero volto della signoria nel Mezzogiorno italiano? Cosa può apportare il Sud alle grandi discussioni sul feudalesimo e sui poteri aristocratici, sulla loro struttura e sulla loro evoluzione, sul loro impatto economico e sociale? Che contributo può venire dal Regno di Sicilia agli studi sulla dialettica che avveniva fra sovrani, nobiltà e società contadine? E poi, lo studio dei poteri signorili e delle società rurali può riconfigurare le classiche tematiche meridionali dell’arretratezza economica e della centralità monarchica?
Questo libro costituisce la prima analisi sistematica sulla signoria nel Mezzogiorno durante l’epoca normanno-sveva e primo-angioina. Offre nuove interpretazioni sul potere della nobiltà, sulle società rurali e sulla politica monarchica. Mostra come fra re, nobili e contadini si attuò un gioco complesso, condotto attraverso le leggi e la violenza, i rapporti feudali e gli investimenti economici, le discussioni sulla libertà e la servitù, lo sfruttamento di uomini e risorse naturali. I suoi protagonisti sono mondi contadini dal dinamismo finora insospettato, re determinati a limitare il potere aristocratico, e nobili costretti ad adattare la propria signoria alla forza delle società rurali e della politica monarchica. Ne esce un Mezzogiorno finora sconosciuto, vitale e articolato, la cui lettura permette di comprendere meglio non solo le vicende del meridione, ma quelle di molte altre regioni.
Julia Becker, Documenti latini e greci del conte Ruggero I di Calabria e Sicilia. Edizione critica, Ricerche dell’Istituto Storico Germanico di Roma 9, Roma 2013.
Dopo la conquista della Calabria meridionale e della Sicilia (fine dell’ XI secolo), il conte Ruggero I si concentrò sul consolidamento del potere all’interno dei propri domini. Attraverso la riorganizzazione dell’amministrazione e delle strutture ecclesiastiche Ruggero pose le basi per lo sviluppo della monarchia normanna nel Mezzogiorno.
Nonostante la sua importanza storica mancavano finora una raccolta e un’edizione critica dei documenti da lui prodotti: l’ultimo tentativo di pubblicare gran parte dei diplomi risale ai secoli XVIII-XIX. Tale situazione documentaria ha contribuito a far sí che la figura del primo conte di Sicilia sia stata oggetto di scarso interesse storiogra- fico. Il libro raccoglie per la prima volta tutti i documenti greci e latini di Ruggero, alcuni dei quali inediti. Attraverso un apparato critico e un dettagliato commento diplomatico e contenutistico di ogni documento il libro apre la strada a possibili nuovi studi sulla storia siculo-normanna.
Paul Hill, The Norman Commanders: Masters of Warfare 911-1135, Pen and Sword 2015.
Robert Guiscard, William the Conqueror, Roger I of Sicily and Bohemond Prince of Antioch are just four of the exceptional Norman commanders who not only led their armies to victory in battle but also, through military force, created their own kingdoms in the eleventh and twelfth centuries. Their single-minded and aggressive leadership, and the organization, discipline and fighting qualities of their armies, marked them out from their Viking forebears and from many of the armed forces that stood against them. Their brilliant careers, and those of Robert Curthose, William Rufus, Richard I of Capua and Henry I of England, are the subject of Paul Hill’s latest study of medieval warfare.
In a narrative packed with detail and insight, and with a wide-ranging understanding of the fighting methods and military ethos of the period, he traces the course of their conquests, focusing on them as individual commanders and on their achievements on the battlefield. The military context of their campaigns, and the conditions of warfare in France and England, in southern Italy and Sicily, and in the Near East, are vividly described, as are their decisive operations and sieges – among them Hastings, Brémule, Tinchebrai, Civitate, Misilmeri, Dyrrhachium and the Siege of Antioch.
There is no doubt that the Normans’ success in war depended upon the leadership qualities and military capabilities of the commanders as well as the special strengths of the armies they led. Paul Hill’s accessible and authoritative account offers a fascinating portrait of these masters of warfare.
Hervin Fernandez Aceves, Cohesion and conflict in the Kingdom of Sicily under the two Williams: In search of a prosopographical approach for the study of the regions networks of royal courtiers and nobles, Thèse de doctorat en cours (dir. G. Loud, University of Leeds)
[Source : http://www.leeds.ac.uk/arts/profile/20046/328/hervin_fernandez_aceves ]
Rosa Canosa, Il titolo comitale nella prima età normanna: un esperimento di contestualizzazione, Thèse de doctorat soutenue en 2012, (dir. G. Sergi, Università degli studi di Torino)
This PhD thesis reconsiders the issue of the continuity elements in Southern Italy after the Norman conquest (eleventh–twelfth centuries), claiming that the changes in the Southern Italian political frameworks due to the strengthening of Norman powers were more noteworthy than generally recognised by scholars, as one can see by the exam of the count title (comes in Latin). Through the analysis of three main factors (i.e. the function and the social status of the counts; the nature of the wielded power and its territorial dimension) the author can prove the count title to be an important and very useful key to better understand how and how much the local élite could really continue to hold the power and to share it with the Normans (i.e. the new rulers).
La storiografia sui Normanni d’Italia si è da sempre confrontata con un problema identitario. La conquista normanna ha, infatti, introdotto nuovi protagonisti nel panorama politico dell’Italia del Sud, già molto vario. Si è reso necessario, dunque, da un lato indagare le permanenze e i fattori di discontinuità nei quadri istituzionali e politici; dall’altro lato, esaminare gli elementi di raccordo fra conquistatori ed élites locali. Questa tesi si inserisce all’interno di questi due filoni di indagine tradizionali, per riesaminare il problema degli elementi di continuità fra i ceti dominanti dopo la conquista (metà secolo XI-inizi XII) attraverso l’esame della titolatura e nello specifico del titolo comitale, scelto come filo conduttore perché si colloca alla convergenza di tre dimensioni diverse: la funzione e lo status sociale dei soggetti titolati, la natura del potere esercitato, e la dimensione territoriale della carica. Le indagini sono state svolte negli antichi principati longobardi, soprattutto quelli di Capua e di Benevento, e nell’antico Tema di Longobardia. Sono emersi alcuni mutamenti significativi. In primo luogo fra i detentori del titolo comitale, che dopo la conquista sono quasi unicamente normanni: i rari casi di conti longobardi (nel secolo X il titolo di conte aveva sostituito quello di gastaldo fra i Longobardi meridionali) che mantennero il titolo sotto il dominio normanno, mostrano un adeguamento sostanziale alle nuove forme di esercizio del potere diffuse dai Normanni. Anche sul piano dell’organizzazione territoriale sono stati individuati cambiamenti di rilievo, che hanno mostrato l’inadeguatezza della nozione di ‘contea normanna’ come rimando a modelli ben definiti: le tipologie di specificazione territoriale del titolo comitale ‘alternative’ all’uso del termine comitatus sono varie e rimandano alle diverse strutturazioni che i singoli conti diedero ai loro ambiti territoriali. È stato così possibile sfumare un’opposizione frequentemente proposta dagli storici fra la capacità di sopravvivenza e di integrazione dell’antica nobiltà longobarda dei principati con i nuovi dominatori, soprattutto attraverso i matrimoni misti, e la rottura provocata dalla conquista normanna nell’antico Tema di Longobardia, dove l’assenza di un preesistente ceto comitale di lingua latina e di religione cristiana rendeva più evidente il cambiamento. Nel corso del lavoro è stato possibile osservare che anche negli antichi principati longobardi, dove questo ceto era presente e dominante al momento dell’arrivo dei Normanni, emerge un mutamento molto più profondo di quanto si sia finora pensato. E che se è vero che i Normanni si ispirarono in vari modi alla tradizione di potere pubblico dei principi e dei re longobardi, è altrettanto evidente che essi costruirono empiricamente il loro potere usando materiale eterogeneo, ma soprattutto una superiorità politica che li rendeva di fatto i nuovi detentori del potere pubblico.
[Source : http://dott-sts.campusnet.unito.it/do/home.pl/ViewMobile?doc=Tesi_di_dottorato/tesi_discusse.html ]
Arley David Hugh, The whirling wheel: the male construction of empowered female identities in Old Norse myth and legend, Thèse de doctorat soutenue en 2015, (Université de Durham)
This thesis examines the body of medieval literature associated with Old Norse myth and legend. Though this is a diffuse corpus produced over a long span of time and from a wide geographical area, it is possible to establish connections between texts and to highlight certain recurring narrative patterns that are deeply entrenched in this literary tradition. The specific focus of the present study is to analyse the narrative patterns that characterise the interactions between male and female figures.
It has long been understood that female figures tend to occupy carefully defined social roles in this body of literature, and much work has been done in assessing these. This thesis takes the unique approach of investigating whether these roles can be viewed, not as a product of the mentality of the writers of this literary material, but rather as a product of male characters within the literary narratives themselves. The investigation poses the question of whether men can be seen, through their words, thoughts, and actions, to be responsible for creating female identities. Intimately connected to the concept of identity creation is the idea of power: this thesis will argue that most male attempts to redefine female identity is motivated by a desire to acquire, control, negate, or otherwise alter, the powers possessed by females. Quite often, because fallible males demonstrate an imperfect understanding of female power, there can be a marked disparity between the abilities certain women are thought to possess, and those they actually do. The thesis will examine a large selection of supernatural female figures, across a broad range of literature, ultimately to suggest that the male creation of female power is deeply entrenched in narrative patterns observable in many different contexts.
[Source : http://etheses.dur.ac.uk/11057/]
Duncan Dale Roderick Thomas, Berserkir : a re-examination of the phenomenon in literature and life, Thèse de doctorat soutenue en 2014, (dir. J. Jesch, Université de Nottingham)
This thesis discusses whether berserkir really went berserk. It proposes revised paradigms for berserkir as they existed in the Viking Age and as depicted in Old Norse literature. It clarifies the Viking Age berserkr as an elite warrior whose practices have a function in warfare and ritual life rather than as an example of aberrant behaviour, and considers how usage of PDE ‘berserk’ may affect the framing of research questions about berserkir through analysis of depictions in modern popular culture. The analysis shows how berserksgangr has received greater attention than it warrants with the emphasis being on how berserkir went berserk. A critical review of Old Norse literature shows that berserkir do not go berserk, and suggests that berserksgangr was a calculated form of posturing and a ritual activity designed to bolster the courage of the berserkr.
It shows how the medieval concept of berserkir was more nuanced and less negative than is usually believed, as demonstrated by the contemporaneous existence in narratives of berserkir as king’s men, hall challengers, hólmgöngumenn, Viking raiders and Christian champions, and by the presence of men with the byname berserkr in fourteenth-century documents. Old Norse literature is related to pre-Viking Age evidence to show that warriors wearing wolfskins existed and can be related to berserkir, thus making it possible to produce models for Viking Age and medieval concepts of berserkir.
The modern view of berserkir is analysed and shows that frenzy is the dominant attribute, despite going berserk not being a useful attribute in Viking Age warfare which relied upon men holding a line steady rather than charging individually.
The thesis concludes that ON berserkr may be best translated as PDE ‘champion’, while PDE ‘berserker’ describes the type of uncontrollable warrior most commonly envisaged when discussing berserkir.
[Source : http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/28819/]
Thomas Elizabeth, « We have nothing more valuable in our treasury » : royal marriage in England, 1154-1272, Thèse de doctorat soutenue en 2010, (dir. J. Hudson, Université de St Andrews)
That kings throughout the entire Middle Ages used the marriages of themselves and their children to further their political agendas has never been in question. What this thesis examines is the significance these marriage alliances truly had to domestic and foreign politics in England from the accession of Henry II in 1154 until the death of his grandson Henry III in 1272. Chronicle and record sources shed valuable light upon the various aspects of royal marriage at this time: firstly, they show that the marriages of the royal family at this time were geographically diverse, ranging from Scotland and England to as far abroad as the Empire, Spain, and Sicily, Most of these marriages were based around one primary principle, that being control over Angevin land-holdings on the continent. Further examination of the ages at which children were married demonstrates a practicality to the policy, in that often at least the bride was young, certainly young enough to bear children and assimilate into whatever land she may travel to. Sons were also married to secure their future, either as heir to the throne or the husband of a wealthy heiress. Henry II and his sons were almost always closely involved in the negotiations for the marriages, and were often the initiators of marriage alliances, showing a strong interest in the promotion of marriage as a political tool. Dowries were often the centre of alliances, demonstrating how much the bride, or the alliance, was worth, in land, money, or a combination of the two. One of the most important aspects for consideration though, was the outcome of the alliances. Though a number were never confirmed, and most royal children had at least one broken proposal or betrothal before their marriage, many of the marriages made were indeed successful in terms of gaining from the alliance what had originally been desired.
[Source : https://research-repository.st-andrews.ac.uk/handle/10023/2001]
Charpentier Ljungqvist Fredrik, Kungamakten och lagen : En jämförelse mellan Danmark, Norge och Sverige under högmedeltiden [Kingship and Law : A Comparison between Denmark, Norway, and Sweden in the High Middle Ages], Thèse de doctorat soutenue en 2014, (dir. O. Ferm, Université de Stockholm)
The dissertation is a comparative study of the expansion of law-regulated royal power in Denmark, Norway, and Sweden c. 1150–1350. The aim is to examine how the king’s judicial and military authority and functions, and their effect on the power position of the regional legal assembly and the church, is expressed and how it changed over time in the extant law material. The starting point is the pan-European consolidation of royal power in the High Middle Ages, and the dissertation considers international research on the medieval state formation process and its driving forces. The processual concepts of centralization, institutionalization, hierarchization, and territorialization occupy a central place in the analysis.
Danish, Norwegian, and Swedish laws all reflect a significant increase in royal power. A growing number of societal functions were vested in the increasingly institutionalized kingship, and there was a growth in its power resources. At the same time, it is possible to identify crucial inter-Scandinavian differences. A main finding is that the law-regulated royal power, in most respects, was strongest in Norway and weakest in Sweden. Another important conclusion is that executive royal power first emerged after the judicial and also legislative power had already to a large extent come under royal control.
It is demonstrated that Scandinavian kingship in the High Middle Ages was characterized by increasingly centralized and institutionalized territorially based power, with a greater monopoly on the use of legitimate force, and thereby strengthened the ongoing state formation process. The expansion of law-regulated royal power primarily concerned the judicial sphere and only secondarily the military and fiscal spheres. That state formation was driven by judicial development rather than militarization is also shown by the fact that Norway, despite having the least professionalized and resource-demanding armed forces, was the Scandinavian country with the most centralized and institutionalized royal power.
[Source : http://su.diva-portal.org/smash/record.jsf?pid=diva2%3A737397&dswid=3935]