Pillars of Royal Rule. Queens and Princes in the Eastfrankish-German realm (9th to the beginning of the 12th century)

The project examines the mutual dependency between ruler and political elites in the Frankish-German realm from Carolingian times up to the 12th century especially addressing the tensions arising from the fact that members of the elite – both secular and ecclesiastic – participated in royal rule, e.g. as counsellors and at the same time could wield domination themselves, often in a regional context. Particular interest is devoted to the ruler's wife, who naturally had a special relationship with the ruler, but at the same time also performed functions that corresponded to those of the highest circles of the political elite, such as advising the ruler or intervening on behalf of petitioners with the ruler.

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Project Manager

Avatar Becher

Prof. Dr. Matthias Becher

Medieval History


Konviktstraße 11

53113 Bonn

Avatar Dohmen

Dr. Linda Dohmen

Medieval History


Konviktstr. 11

53113 Bonn

Western and Central Europe

Study Region

9th - 12th Century

Study Period

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