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Published Aug. 19, 2014 9:11 AM

Open Guest Lecture by Professor Sverre Bagge

There was a sharp decline in regicide in Europe between the ninth and the thirteenth century – the date differs between various parts of the continent. The lecture will discuss the reason for this and its significance for the development and character of European monarchy, compared to similar institutions in other parts of the world.

Published May 19, 2013 10:38 AM

Open Guest Lecture by Professor Gerd Althoff

During the few last decades, medievalists have worked towards clarifying the role of rituals and ritualised behavior in the process of establishing and maintaining order in the Middle Ages. In this lecture, I will attempt to give an overview of how rituals were prearranged and performed for this purpose. I will investigate their impact, strengths and weaknesses, and rights and duties that they symbolically expressed. I will focus on examples in the Holy Roman Empire with the three relevant powers: kings, church and nobility.

Published May 8, 2013 1:47 PM

Open Guest Lecture by Professor David Rollason

The eighteenth-century mausoleum at Castle Howard in northern England was the first free-standing mausoleum built for many centuries, a replica of a Roman example. Our knowledge of its period is such that we can understand quite confidently its cultural context and the statement it was making. The aim of this paper is to examine how far insights gained from such monuments from widely different periods and areas can illuminate the burial-sites of the early middle ages.  How similar were the ideas, beliefs and traditions which lay behind burial-mounds from that of Augustus to those of King Harald at Jelling?  Why was there a parallel tradition of often two-storied burial-chambers as at Diocletian’s Palace and at Repton in England? To what beliefs did such burial-sites relate and what statements were they intended to make?