Topographies of Power in the Early Middle Ages

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Frans Theuws, Mayke B. de Jong, Carine Van Rhijn
BRILL, 2001 - History - 609 pages
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.

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Cemeteries as places of power
Topography and the creation of public space in early medieval Constantinople
the making of a papl Rome in the eigth and ninth centuries
repossessing ancient remains in early medieval Gaul
Cordoba in the Vita vel passio Argenteae
Topographies of holy power in sixthcentury Gaul
Maastricht as a centre of power in the early Middle Ages
seventhcentury Gallaecia
the making of a ninthcentury holy place
People places and power in Carolingian society
The regia and the hiring 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
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Aachen as a place of power
Convents violence and competition for power in seventhcentury Francia
SaomtMaurice dAgaune as a place of power in the early Middle Ages
Monastic prisoners or opting out? Political Coercion and honour in the Frankish kingdoms

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Page 578 - L'environnement des églises et la topographie religieuse des campagnes médiévales. Actes du IIIe congrès international d'archéologie médiévale, Aix-en-Provence 1989, Paris, 1994, p. 80-97; P. BONNASSIE, « L'ensagrerament : la concentration de l'habitat dans le "cercle de paix" des églises en Catalogne et dans la France du Midi (fin Xe-XIe siècles) », dans Ibid.

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About the author (2001)

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.