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Topographies of Power in the Early Middle Ages (Mayke de Jong Frans Theuws,Carine van Rhijn, (eds)) Hardcover Book, (Brill, 2001) 9789004117341
Topographies of Power in the Early Middle Ages (Mayke de Jong Frans Theuws,Carine van Rhijn, (eds)) Hardcover Book, (Brill, 2001) 9789004117341
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Title: Topographies of Power in the Early Middle Ages

Author: Jong, Mayke de Frans Theuws,Carine van Rhijn, (eds)

Publisher: Brill; Publication Date: 2001

Hardcover; ISBN: 9789004117341

Volumes: 1; Pages: x, 614

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The 19 papers presented in this volume by North American and European historians and archaeologists discuss how early medieval political and religious elites constructed 'places of power', and how such places, in turn, created powerful people. They also examine how the 'high-level' power exercised by elites was transformed in the post-Roman kingdoms of Europe, as Roman cities gave way as central stages for rituals of power to a multitude of places and spaces where political and religious power were represented. Although the Frankish kingdoms receive a large share of attention, contributions also focus on the changing topography of power in the old centres of the Roman world, Rome and Constantinople, to what 'centres of power' may have meant in the steppes of Inner Asia, Scandinavia or the lower Vistula, where political power was even more mobile and decentralised than in the post-Roman kingdoms, as well as to monasteries and their integration into early medieval topographies of power.CONTENTSAcknowledgements Abbreviations Topographies of power: introduction Cemeteries as places of power Topography and the creation of public space in early medieval Constantinople Topography, celebration, and power: the making of a papal Rome in the eighth and ninth centuries Monuments and memory: repossessing ancient remains in early medieval Gaul Cordoba in the Vita vel passio Argenteae Topographies of holy power in sixth-century Gaul Maastricht as a centre of power in the early Middle Ages Aachen as a place of power Convents, violence, and competition for power in seventh-century Francia One site, many meanings: Saint-Maurice d'Agaune as a place of power in the early Middle Ages Monastic prisoners or opting out? Political coercion and honour in the Frankish kingdoms Monasteries in a peripheral area: seventh-century Gallaecia Aedificatio sancti loci: the making of a ninth-century holy place People, places and power in Carolingian society The regia and the hring--barbarian places of power Asgard reconstructed? Gudme--a 'central place' in the North The lower Vistula area as a 'region of power' and its continental contacts Topographies of Power: Some conclusions Primary sources Literature Index
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