Absentee Authority across Medieval Europe [Hardback]

Frédérique Lachaud (Editor); Michael Penman (Editor)

ISBN: 9781783272525 | Published by: Boydell & Brewer | Year of Publication: 2017 | Language: English 272p, 2 black and white, 2 line drawing

Absentee Authority across Medieval Europe


In the medieval world, what happened when a figure of recognised authority was absent? What terminology, principles and solutions of proxy authority were developed and adopted? Did these solutions differ and change over time depending on whether the absence was short or long and caused by issues of incapacity, minority, disputed succession, geography or elective absenteeism? Did the models of proxy authority adopted by ruling dynasties and large institutions influence the proxy choices of lesser authority? The circumstances and consequences of absentee authority, a major aspect of the systems of medieval power, are the focus of this volume. Ranging across the realms of medieval Europe (but with a focus upon the British Isles and France), its essays embrace a wide variety of experience - royal, parliamentary, conciliar, magnatial, military, ecclesiastical (papal to parochial), burghal, household, minor or major, male or female, exiled, captive or infirm - and explore not merely political developments, but the dynastic, diplomatic, financial, ideological, religious and cultural ramifications of such episodes.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Absentee Authority across Medieval Europe
Incarnating Authority, Exercising Authority: The Figure of the King in the Merovingian Era
Ubi armae ibi princeps: Medieval Emblematics as the Real Presence of the Prince
While the Bishop's Away... Absentee Bishops of Parma during the Investiture Conflict
An Inconceivable Absence: Usurpers and Illegitimate Rulers in the Genealogical Rolls of the Kings of England, from the late thirteenth to the early fifteenth centuries
Local Loyalty and Absentee Authority in Thirteenth-Century Normandy: the Evidence of the Querimoniae Normannorum (1247)
Representation and Authority in Thirteenth-Century England and Gascony
Internal Exiles: Exclusion from the Fourteenth-Century English Court and Kingdom
'Si grant charté a Paris. par defaulte du roy': Governmental Practice and the Customary Geography of the Absence
Was the Couple a Palliative to the Absence of the Prince? The Political Role and Influence of Margaret of Flanders during the Reign of Philip the Bold, Duke and Count of Burgundy (1384-1404)
Guardian - Lieutenant - Governor: Absentee Monarchy and Proxy Power in Scotland's Long Fourteenth Century
Absentee Authority in Late Medieval Iceland, as Viewed from the Literary Sources
Representatives of Kings and 'Kings' as Representatives: Authority and its Representation in Professional Groups in Late Medieval and Early Modern France - The Example of the King of Minstrels and of the King of Mercers

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