Identifying Governmental Forms in Europe, 1100-1350: Palaeography, Diplomatics and History

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The origins of the modern state have long been located in the European central Middle Ages. But the focus on origins has produced a too-narrow view of what government looked like and what kinds of authorities could govern in the central medieval period. This two-day colloquium brings together scholars from across Europe to expand our understanding of medieval government and the influences brought to bear upon its expression. Its methodological focus is history's so-called 'auxiliary sciences' of diplomatics and palaeography, inspired by the research aims lying behind the collaborative research project, Models of Authority: Scottish Charters and the Emergence of Government. Both palaeography and diplomatics are traditionally used in studies of medieval government to illuminate the development of bureaucracy and institutional complexity, but here will also be examined to understand the communication and representation of governmental forms in all their varieties, as well as the interplay between them.
Period3 Apr 20174 Apr 2017
Event typeConference
LocationGlasgow, United KingdomShow on map