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This volume presents a selection of papers exploring the ways by which medieval powers sought to legitimize themselves, the political discourses through which this was effected, and a wide range of related problems. The six chapters in Part I analyse particular cases in which processes of legitimation can be seen at work, in order to disentangle the wide range of strategies and resources deployed by competing actors in a given context. Part II gathers five articles discussing the specific discourses of legitimation contained in a text or group of related texts, in order to expose their intricacies and their bearing on the way historians look at their sources. The book is of relevance for readers interested in new ways of approaching the History of Power.
With contributions by Frances Andrews, Carlos Estepa, Paul Fouracre, Chris Given-Wilson, Piotr Górecki, Patrick Henriet, José Antonio Jara Fuente, Cristina Jular Pérez-Alfaro and Stephen D. White.
Contributors include: Paul Fouracre, Stephen White, Isabel Alfonso, Chris Given-Wilson, Cristina Jular Pérez-Alfaro, José Antonio Jara Fuente, Carlos Estepa, Julio Escalona, Piotr Górecki, Patrick Henriet, Frances Andrews.
Part One: Legitimation in Context
Conflict, Power and Legitimation in Francia in the Late Seventh and Eighth Centuries .. 3
A Crisis of Fidelity in c. 1000? .. 27
Judicial Rhetoric and Political Legitimation in Medieval León-Castile .. 51
Legitimation, Designation and Succession to the Throne in Fourteenth-Century England .. 89
The King’s Face on the Territory: Royal Officers, Discourse and Legitimating Practices in Thirteenth- and Fourteenth-Century Castile .. 107
Cristina Jular Pérez-Alfaro
The Importance of Being Earnest: Urban Elites and the Distribution of Power in Castilian Towns in the Late Middle Ages .. 139
José Antonio Jara Fuente
Part Two: Discourses of Political Legitimation
The Strengthening of Royal Power in Castile under Alfonso XI .. 179
Family Memories: Inventing Alfonso I of Asturias .. 223
An Interpreter of Law and Power in a Region of Medieval Poland: Abbot Peter of Henryków and is Book .. 263
Political Struggle and the Legitimation of the Toledan Primacy: The Pars Lateranii Concilii .. 291
Albertano of Brescia, Rolandino of Padua and the Rhetoric of Legitimation .. 319
Index .. 341