• The importance of salvation in Carolingian royal advice literature

    Author(s):
    Eddie Meehan (see profile)
    Date:
    2023
    Group(s):
    Early Medieval
    Subject(s):
    Carolingians, Political culture
    Item Type:
    Conference paper
    Conf. Title:
    Rethinking the Carolingian Reforms Further, Leeds International Medieval Congress 2023
    Conf. Org.:
    University of Leeds
    Conf. Loc.:
    Leeds
    Conf. Date:
    3-6 July 2023
    Permanent URL:
    https://doi.org/10.17613/d963-hk06
    Abstract:
    The trend of Carolingian royal advice literature, Fürstenspiegel, or specula principum offers advice to kings on how to rule well and examples of ruling poorly. Interpretations of these texts have often focused on traditional ideas of the Carolingian reforms, for example the focus on classical models of rule in Sedulius Scottus’ De rectoribus christianis. They also lend themselves to court- and king-centric approaches, with royal advice literature seen as a product of and for the court. However, not all these texts come directly from the court. For example, Jonas of Orléans wrote from both a literal and figurative distance from the inner circle at court. Furthermore, improvement was concerned with both royal salvation and the salvation of the wider realm. Royal behaviour would impact the present, including cosmological consequences of both good and bad rulership. However, authors of advice literature also focused on salvific aims. The entire Carolingian royal family, not just the king, had intensely moral and gendered responsibilities to act as examples to the entire realm. As such, the focus was always on the royal responsibility to ensure the salvation of the entire ecclesia.
    Notes:
    Presentation slides from IMC 2023 paper in Rethinking the Carolingian Reforms (Further) I: Knowledge and Praxis from Top to Bottom
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