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.
Mayke de Jong received a doctorate from the University of Amsterdam (1986) and is presently Professor of Medieval History at Utrecht University. She has published on a range of early medieval topics, notably monasticism and political ritual.
Frans Theuws is a specialist in Frankish archaeology teaching in the Department of European Archaeology of the C.M. Kan-Instituut of the University of Amsterdam and leader of the inter-university South-Netherlands research project on long term developments in the cultural landscape from the late Neolithic into the Late Middle Ages.
Table of contents
Mayke de jong and Frans Theuws Abbreviations Topographies of power: introduction
Chris Wickham Cemeteries as places of power
Heinrich Harke Topography and the creation of public space in early medieval Constantinople
Leslie Brubaker Topography, celebration and power: the making of a papal Rome in the eighth and ninth centuries
Thomas F.X. Noble Monuments and memory: repossessing ancient remains in early medieval Gaul
Bonnie Effros Cordoba in the
Vita vel passio Argenteae, Ann Christys Topographies pf holy power in sixth-century Gaul
Ian Wood Maastricht as a centre of power in the early Middle ages
Frans Theuws Aachen as a place of power
Janet L. Nelson Convents, violence, and competition for power in seventh-century Francia
Regine Le Jan One site, many meanings: Saint-Maurice d’Agaune as a place of power in the early Middle Ages
Barbara H. Rosenwein Monastic prisoners or opting out? Political coercion and honour in the Frankish kingdoms
Mayke de Jong Monasteries in a peripheral area: seventh-century
Gallaecia, Pablo C. DiazAedificatio sancti loci: the making of a ninth-century holy place
Julia M.H. Smith People, places and power in Carolingian society
Matthew Innes The
regia and the
hring barbarian places of power
Walter PohlAsgard reconstructed? Gudme - a ‘central place’ in the North
Lotte Hedeager The lower Vistula area as a ‘region of power’ and its continental contacts
Przemyslaw Urba czyk Topographies of Power: Some conclusions
Mayke de jong and Frans Theuws Primary Sources Literature Index
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