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dc.contributor.advisorToews, John B.
dc.contributor.authorDavies, Terry E.
dc.date.accessioned2005-07-21T22:08:38Z
dc.date.available2005-07-21T22:08:38Z
dc.date.issued1986
dc.identifier.citationDavies, T. E. (1986). Early Frankish and Anglo-Saxon Kingship : right and rightness of rule (Unpublished master's thesis). University of Calgary, Calgary, AB. doi:10.11575/PRISM/13799en_US
dc.identifier.isbn0315299347en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1880/24066
dc.descriptionBibliography: p. 144-150.en
dc.descriptionoffsiteen
dc.description.abstractThe fascination with kingship has always involved questions of right. Attitudes towards individual rule cannot be separated from social conditions. Unfortunately, traditional theories of kingship have hinged upon the existence of social conditions which find little support in the evidence. The theories applied to early Germanic kingship place a great deal of emphasis upon the sacrality of the king's person and a belief that this sacrality was inherited. This meant the recognition of direct unilineal descent from a great ancestor. The available literary, legal and historical evidence does not support this. Early forms of Germanic kingship were fairly homogeneous. The crucial factor in selection was military ability. The most successful individual was acknowledged as being a favourite of the gods. The king was considered a microcosm of his kingdom, and he was guarded carefully. Certain conditions often gave the appearance of inherited kingships. The accumulation of wealth by certain families placed them in positions of authority. Support was established through client-patron relationships which could be purchased. The ability to give gifts of arms and property figured prominently in the selection of kings. The king was only associated with the territory of his kingdom through the oaths of his supporting landholders. The kingdom was not treated as his personal property. With Christianity came the written word. The presence of communities not covered by the protection of family law challenged the universal practices of inheritance and blood-feud. The king's protect ion was expanded to incorporate the Church. The emergence of legal documents coincided with an increased interference by the king in social matters. The most prominent infringement of rights was the partitioning of the Frankish kingdom upon the death of Clovis. English and Frankish kingship took different directions from this point. The king in England remained a leader of tribal peoples, united by religion and law. The Merovingians developed a heightened form of Germanic sacrality based upon the fortune of Clovis. Associated with this was the inheritance of the territorial kingdom as defined by Roman civitas boundaries and written charters. The resistance to these artifical restrictions was only overcome by the might of the Carolingians and the recognition by the Church of German sacrality.
dc.format.extentvii, 150 leaves ; 30 cm.en
dc.language.isoeng
dc.rightsUniversity of Calgary graduate students retain copyright ownership and moral rights for their thesis. You may use this material in any way that is permitted by the Copyright Act or through licensing that has been assigned to the document. For uses that are not allowable under copyright legislation or licensing, you are required to seek permission.
dc.subject.lccJC 385 D48 1987en
dc.subject.lcshKings and rulers
dc.subject.lcshEurope - Kings and rulers
dc.subject.lcshFranks - Kings and rulers
dc.subject.lcshAnglo - Saxons - Kings and rulers
dc.subject.lcshEngland - History
dc.subject.lcshGermany - History
dc.titleEarly Frankish and Anglo-Saxon Kingship : right and rightness of rule
dc.typemaster thesis
dc.publisher.institutionUniversity of Calgaryen
dc.identifier.doihttp://dx.doi.org/10.11575/PRISM/13799
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Arts
thesis.degree.nameMA
thesis.degree.disciplineHistory
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Calgary
dc.publisher.placeCalgaryen
ucalgary.thesis.accessionTheses Collection 58.002:Box 578 215772181


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University of Calgary graduate students retain copyright ownership and moral rights for their thesis. You may use this material in any way that is permitted by the Copyright Act or through licensing that has been assigned to the document. For uses that are not allowable under copyright legislation or licensing, you are required to seek permission.