• Lotharingien und das ostfränkische Reich. Verschwägerung als politisches Mittel?

    Author(s):
    Dominik Waßenhoven (see profile)
    Date:
    2020
    Group(s):
    Early Medieval, Medieval Studies
    Subject(s):
    Middle Ages, Historiography
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    charters, Eastern Francia, Lotharingia
    Permanent URL:
    https://doi.org/10.17613/3c4b-v204
    Abstract:
    Lotharingia and East Francia: Marriage as a Political Instrument? – Kings and nobles arranged marriages for their daughters in order to form or strengthen po- litical alliances. Historical writers of the tenth century interpreted the relations of the Ottonian kings Henry I and Otto I with the Lotharingian dukes Giselbert and Conrad the Red in this way. Since both dukes later joined in rebellions against Otto I, the effectiveness of such marriage alliances in a medium- and long-term perspective is at least questionable. In approaching this subject, I not only consid- er narrative sources, but also official royal documents, which have so far been neglected for this context. Through these, we can analyze the kings’ own views – or at least those of their chanceries – since they provide a picture of relations between king and son-in-law that has not been influenced by hindsight. In this manner, we can examine the efficacy of marriage alliances as a political instru- ment.
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    Status:
    Published
    Last Updated:
    1 year ago
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