Servants Not Soldiers: Lordship and Social Morality in the Via Regia Public Deposited

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  • Gose, Allison
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of History
  • Smaragdus of St. Mihiel’s Via regia captures a significant moment in Carolingian intellectual thought, emerging during the transition from Charlemagne to Louis the Pious. This thesis argues that ninth-century intellectuals, such as Smaragdus, possessed the historical awareness to recognize this pivotal change and craft innovative solutions to the questions it raised. Experimenting with models of rulership, thinkers constructed an ideal image to which king and noble could aspire, binding royal and aristocratic males to an evolving imperial project. A close examination of the writings of this abbot illuminates how those intimately involved in the court understood this succession and the imaginative opportunities it afforded for a new social order. This thesis thus analyzes the Via regia as a social and political guide for both royal and aristocratic administrators and how it aimed to inculcate universal principles of lordship necessary for the creation of a model Christian empire.
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  • Boon, Jessica
  • Whalen, Brett
  • Bull, Marcus
  • Master of Arts
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Graduate School
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  • 2017

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