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The Decline of Regicide and the Rise of European Monarchy

Thursday, 14 June 2018, 7 – 9pm

The Decline of Regicide and the Rise of European Monarchy

From the Carolingian Age to the Early Modern Period

The lecture discusses the decline of regicide in Western Christendom from the Carolingian Period onwards, seeking the main explanation of this in the introduction of hereditary succession, legitimate birth and primogeniture, combined with a relatively weak monarchy, dependent on support from the aristocracy. This is further confirmed by a comparison with other kingdoms, notably Byzantium, where dynastic succession was of less importance but where the emperor’s power was greater and the bureaucracy stronger. Here regicide might serve as a safety valve against bad rulers, an option that was not available to most European kingdoms, particularly in the Early Modern Period. However, in some countries, notably England and Sweden, deposition by an organised political body might serve the same function. Eventually, this led to formal limitations of the king’s power and the rise of popular participation in the government.

This public lecture forms part of a three-day workshop on ‘A Eurasia of Composite Polities, 1250–1500:  Collective Identities and Communications in the Premodern World’. The organizers are delighted to welcome scholars from the Universities of Aberdeen, Bern, Durham, Exeter, Ghent, Jerusalem, Leiden, Molise and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology.

Supported by the Identities in Transformation Research Theme, the Trinity Long Room Hub, the Irish Research Council, and the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.

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Dr Peter Crooks and Dr Alessandro Silvestri
Trinity Medieval History Research Centre in association with the Identities in Transformation Research Theme

Campus LocationTrinity Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Research Institute
Accessibility: Yes
Room: Neill Lecture Theatre
Research Theme: Manuscript, Book and Print Culture
Event Category: Alumni, Arts and Culture, Campus information, Careers, Children’s activities, Classes, Conferences, Courses, Exhibits, External sport events, Key dates, Lectures and Seminars, Library, Public, Science Gallery, Special events, Sport, Student events, Student sport club events, Trinity Sport events, Workshops and Training
Type of Event: One-time event
Audience: Undergrad, Postgrad, Alumni, Faculty & Staff, Public
Cost: Free (but registration is essential)
Contact Name: Peter Crooks

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