The Symbolic Language of Authority in the Carolingian World (c.751-877)


This book is not a conventional political narrative of Carolingian history shaped by narrative sources, capitularies, and charter material. It is structured, instead, by numismatic, diplomatic, liturgical, and iconographic sources and deals with political signs, images, and fixed formulas in them as interconnected elements in a symbolic language that was used in the indirect negotiation and maintenance of Carolingian authority. Building on the comprehensive analysis of royal liturgy, intitulature, iconography, and graphic signs and responding to recent interpretations of early medieval politics, this book offers a fresh view of Carolingian political culture and of corresponding roles that royal/imperial courts, larger monasteries, and human agents played there.

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Ildar H. Garipzanov, Kandidate of Historical Sciences (1991) in Classical History, Kazan State University and Ph.D. (2004) in Medieval History, Fordham University, is Senior Researcher at the Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Bergen. He has a number of publications on Carolingian history and Roman imperial tradition in the early Middle Ages including the monograph Carolingian Coinage and Roman Imperial Tradition (2000, in Russian).
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1. The Symbolic Language of Carolingian Authoruty
2. Vox auctoritatis: The Carolinian Liturgy of Authority
3. Nomen auctoritatis: Communication of Authority in Carolingian Titles
4. Signum auctoritatis: Changing Signs of Carolingian Authority
5. Imago auctoritatis: Visual Dialogue on Carolingian Authority
6. Conclusion: The Transformation of the Symbolic Language of Carolingian Authority

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All those interested in medieval social and political history in general and Carolingian studies in particular, as well as specialists in medieval numismatics, diplomatics, liturgy, and iconography.