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Hegemony, rebellion and history: Flodoard's Historia Remensis ecclesiae in Ottonian perspective

Roberts, Edward (2016) Hegemony, rebellion and history: Flodoard's Historia Remensis ecclesiae in Ottonian perspective. Journal of Medieval History, 42 (2). pp. 155-176. ISSN 0304-4181. E-ISSN 1873-1279. (doi:10.1080/03044181.2016.1141311) (KAR id:65909)


This article considers the growth of Ottonian hegemony through a close examination of Flodoard's Historia Remensis ecclesiae. Specifically, it scrutinises Flodoard's laconic account of a property dispute between the church of Rheims and Conrad the Red, Otto the Great's powerful duke of Lotharingia. Reading Flodoard's testimony alongside diplomatic evidence and Ottonian narratives, this study argues that the controversy was a factor in Conrad's rebellion against Otto in 953. Both the central role of Rheims' property in an Ottonian political conflict and Flodoard's silence on numerous aspects of the affair reveal that the church was deeply enmeshed in Ottonian politics. The Historia therefore offers an unrecognised angle on the expansion of Ottonian power, while further investigation of its content suggests that this emergent hegemony may indeed have been welcomed by Flodoard and his superiors at Rheims.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1080/03044181.2016.1141311
Uncontrolled keywords: Flodoard, Otto I, Conrad the Red, Rheims, historiography, property, hegemony, rebellion
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D111 Medieval History
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Arts and Humanities > School of History
Depositing User: Edward Roberts
Date Deposited: 05 Feb 2018 13:30 UTC
Last Modified: 09 Dec 2022 04:14 UTC
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