Time: Thur. 14-16 o’clock, 11th Apr. until 16th May 2013 (five meetings), combined with a bloc seminar during “Studienwoche” Wed./Thur. 22/23 Mai, 10:00-15:15 (six hours / day with a one hour break)
Language: German/English. During the first four meetings, lessons will be held in German, rest in English. From 16th May onward, Rory Rapple, Notre Dame University, will join in.
Please register at Bielefeld e-learning platform “Stud.ip” (Password: kings).
The course will provide basic information about the structure of premodern kingship and power as well as the reasons for resistance and revolts against this power. We will start with an overview of the concept of sacred kingship (‘Sakralkönigtum’) during the High Middle Ages in German speaking countries and the ‘rule by consensus’ (konsensuale Herrschaft). The situation in the Holy Roman Empire will then be compared with England and Ireland. The aim is to give, on the one hand, an overview over the plurality of forms of government and rebellion during the Middle Ages and Early Modern period, and, on the other hand, elaborate basic structures of premodern forms of power and resistance. The course is linked to the seminar “Revolts and uprisings in premodern times”.
Müller, Harald, Mittelalter (Akademie Studienbücher Geschichte) Berlin 2008.
Schneidmüller, Bernd, Konsensuale Herrschaft. Ein Essay über Formen und Konzepte politischer Ordnung im Mittelalter, in: Reich, Regionen und Europa in Mittelalter und Neuzeit. Festschrift für Peter Moraw, hg. von Paul-Joachim Heinig, Sigrid Jahns, Hans-Joachim Schmidt, Rainer C. Schwinges und Sabine Wefers (Historische Forschungen 67) Berlin 2000, S. 53-88