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    Carolingian fathers and sons in Italy: Lothar I and Louis II's successful partnership

    Screen, Elina (2020) Carolingian fathers and sons in Italy: Lothar I and Louis II's successful partnership. In: Gantner, C. and Pohl, W. (eds.) After Charlemagne: Carolingian Italy and its Rulers. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, pp. 148-163. ISBN 9781108840774.

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    Successive Carolingian rulers found managing the relationship with their adult sons challenging. The father-son relationship between Lothar I and his oldest son, Louis II, offers a valuable perspective on the forces at work in the relationships between senior and junior rulers more widely, as well as the specific challenges involved in ruling Italy from Francia. While our sources generally emphasize obedience to the father, successful father-son partnerships also had reciprocal elements, and involved effort on both sides. Lothar I and Louis II seem to have maintained a stable and productive relationship between 840 and Lothar’s death in 855. Public affirmation of the partnership between father and son, Lothar’s gradual delegation of power to Louis II, and the absence of key triggers for rebellion, such as a direct threat to Louis II’s position, help account for this success. A tight-knit lay and ecclesiastical elite that spanned both courts also helped stabilize the relationship. When positive factors assisting the father’s control were absent, and negative factors prompting rebellion on the part of the son were present, Carolingian father-son relationships could and did go awry, as in Louis the Pious’s case.


    Item Type: Book Section
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): charters, Lothar I, Louis II, Carolingian dynasty
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Historical Studies
    Depositing User: Elina Screen
    Date Deposited: 25 Mar 2021 14:39
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 18:06


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