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12-14 oct. 2016, Lisbonne : Debuerit habere regnum. Deposing and proclaiming kings in the middle ages

This interdisciplinary conference intends to be a meeting point for specialists in History, Art History and Literature in order to discuss medieval kings’ depositions and irregular self-proclamations within a European context, and especially the ceremonies and discourses associated to these events.

In 1366 Enrique de Trastámara, illegitimate son of King Alfonso XI of Castile, proclaimed himself king and forced his half brother Pedro I to leave the kingdom. A few years earlier, in 1359, Muhammad V of Granada had been overthrown by his half-brother. In 1385 João de Avis, illegitimate son of the Portuguese king Pedro I, was proclaimed king and defeated the husband of the legitimate heiress, Juan I of Castile. In 1399 Richard II was deposed and Henry IV declared king. These are just some examples of depositions and self-proclamations of medieval kings. There are many more, before and after, in Christian and Muslim kingdoms, both effective and unsuccessful.

This interdisciplinary conference intends to be a meeting point for specialists in History, Art History and Literature in order to discuss medieval kings’ depositions and irregular self-proclamations within a European context, and especially the ceremonies and discourses associated to these events. The conference presentations will focus on :

  • The ceremonies : abdications, coronations, depositions, proclamations, etc. Contemporary images and verbal descriptions.
  • The symbolic objects associated to the monarchy and, thereby, to those ceremonies (crowns, thrones, scepters, etc.).
  • The discourses and arguments used or created to legitimize depositions and irregular proclamations. The theoretical basis.
  • The later justifications and refutations : historiographical narratives, claims, etc.

Lieu : Lisbonne, Faculdade de Letras da Universidade de Lisboa

Programme : bientôt disponible sur le site du Centre d’Histoire

Coordinator
Covadonga Valdaliso

Organization committee
Isabel de Pina Baleiras
Francisco José Díaz Marcilla
Tiago Faria
Hermenegildo Fernandes
Rodrigo Furtado
Armando Norte
Rosa Rodríguez Porto
Sacramento Roselló
Manuela Santos Silva

Scientific Committee
Amélia Aguiar Andrade (U. Nova de Lisboa)
Maria Helena da Cruz Coelho (U. Coimbra)
Saul António Gomes (U. Coimbra)
Luís Miguel Duarte (U. Porto)
José Augusto Sotto Mayor Pizarro (U. Porto)
Ana Maria Rodrigues (U. Lisboa)
Mª Isabel del Val (U. Valladolid)
José Varandas (U. Lisboa)
Bernardo Vasconcelos e Sousa (U. Nova de Lisboa)
Hermínia Vilar (U. Évora)