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Texts and Tales of Byzantium in Primarily Oral Cultures

From the Caucasus to Canterbury

Jonathan Shepard    The Khalili Research Centre, University of Oxford    

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This paper considers the unregulated 10th-12th-century outflow northwards of Eastern Christian persons, written texts, oral tales and artefacts via the waterways spanning Rus. Responses to this outflow varied across northwest Europe, helping to consolidate regimes or legitimise rebels, while bolstering individual’s status. Comparable dynamics are seen in the Caucasus, with the titles and visible trappings of a God-blessed court enhancing Alan rulers’ imperial and dynastic ambitions, while tales of Byzantium helped legitimise regional clans. But intensive engagement was finite and fitful, registering the changing needs of developing polities/cultures.

Pubblicato
22 Agosto 2022
Accettato
09 Febbraio 2022
Presentato
16 Ottobre 2021
Lingua
EN
ISBN (EBOOK)
978-88-6969-590-2

Keywords: laudesAlansStratagemsNormansEliteeliteBasileusMercenariesCaucasusAnglo-DanishTextsWritingEdgarRagnvaldCnutweaponrydynastieswritingmercenariesLaudesstratagemstalestextsEdward the ConfessorByzantine-awarenessIcelandgoldWilliam the ConquerorGoldVikingDynastiesbasileusWeaponryTalesHarald Hardrada

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