Carolingian And Ottonian Empires HIST4059

  • Academic Session: 2014-15
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course is not a comprehensive history of a long and complex period but will focus on the power and authority of two successful, but very different, royal dynasties, the ninth-century Carolingians after the reign of Charlemagne, and the tenth-century Ottonians of the German kingdom. It will explore how royal power was displayed in dramatic rituals and ceremonies in a landscape of royal palaces as well as in texts and images.  It will also survey the challenges posed to rulers by aristocratic rebellions, Viking and Hungarian attacks. It will also explore tensions and feuds within these dynasties.


Twice weekly

Requirements of Entry

Admission to honours in history

Excluded Courses





Essay (1500-2000 word) 20%; Seminar Presentation (6%) Seminar Contribution [other coursework[ (4%); Exam (120 minutes duration) (70%)

Main Assessment In: April/May