Monarchy & Money: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Economics and Finances of Monarchical Rule

Monarchy & Money: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Economics and Finances of Monarchical Rule

Dr. Charlotte Backerra, Göttingen / Dr. Cathleen Sarti, Oxford
Vom - Bis
16.09.2020 - 18.09.2020
Dr. Charlotte Backerra

In monarchies, power, law, finances, and economy were and are intertwined aspects of the royal household. Recent legal disputes between royal and formerly royal houses and governments show the continued relevance of economic aspects of monarchical rule. Historically, monarchies were often not only states ruled by a closely related, small elite group, i.e. the dynasty, but also encompassed the private properties of these families. Separating ownership between the institution (crown) and the family (dynasty) has been a difficult problem which is yet to be solved entirely. Analysing the economic and financial resources of a monarchy, a dynasty or a court therefore also has implications of how scholars assess the economic development of a realm or a state. Although historical research has addressed many questions of monarchical rule, there is still a need to analyse the administration of money and resources at court, the decision making behind patterns of expenditure and resource utilisation, and the strategies of royal investments. Regarding the political and historical context, economic and financial prosperity also contributes to the international reputation and influence of a court and/or a monarchy. Economic aspects of monarchical rule are still mostly lacunae in historical research, and also directly relevant for current affairs.
The e-conference “Monarchy & Money” will address the interdependences of monarchical rule on past and present economies and finances.


Wednesday, 16 September, 2020

14.00 Opening
Cathleen Sarti (Oxford) / Charlotte Backerra (Göttingen): Introduction

14.30-16.00 Panel 1: Financial Instruments (Chair: Cathleen Sarti)
Maria Aleksandrova (Moscow): Paying Back Royal Debts: English Monarchs at the Antwerp Bourse in the Middle of the 16th Century
Cristina Garcia Garcia (Saragossa): The Finances of the Aragonese Monarchy in the late 14th Century: The Impact of Credit in the Royal Incomes of Juan I (1387–1396)
Ana Maria S. A. Rodrigues (Lisbon): The Financial Administration of the Queen’s Household in the 15th Century

16.30-18.00 Panel 2: Incomes in Late Medieval Europe (Chair: Ana Maria S. A. Rodrigues)
Lienhard Thaler (Vienna): Funding Tyrol: The Tyrolean Counts’ Income from the 13th to the 15th Century
Manuela Santos Silva/ Inês Olaia (Lisbon): The Medieval Portuguese Bride (and Bride-to-be)-Queens’ Income: Propter-nuptias Donation, Dower, Dowry, Morning-gift, and Maintenance
Katia Wright (Winchester): All the Queen’s Lands: 14th-Century English Queens’ Landholdings

Thursday, 17 September, 2020

11.00-12.30 Panel 3: Economic and Political Culture in Monarchies (Chair: Lienhard Thaler)
Hélder Carvalhal (Évora): The Cost of Loyalty: The Case Study of Princely Houses of the Dynasty of Avis (15th–16th Centuries)
Charlotte Backerra (Göttingen): Speaking about Money: The Landgraves of Hesse, Common Rule, and Tolls
George Tridimas (Ulster): On the Survival and Demise of European Monarchies

14.00-15.00 Panel 4: Negotiating Finances (Chair: Elena Woodacre)
Jonathan Spangler (Manchester Metropolitan): Filling Blank Pages: Account Books of the Dukes of Lorraine as Tools for Assessing the Reconstruction of Court and Political Culture in the Aftermath of French Occupations, 1660–1700
Magnus Ressel (Frankfurt/Main): Royal Taxes for the Republican Guests: The French Monarchy and its Swiss and Germany Merchant Communities in 18th-Century France

15.30-17.00 Panel 5: Reviewing Royal Economy (Chair: Charlotte Backerra)
Elena Woodacre (Winchester): Joan of Navarre’s Financially Fraught Queenship
Cathleen Sarti (Oxford): Between Books and Gunpowder: Louise of Mecklenburg-Güstrow (1667–1721), the Danish Crown, and the Donse Mill
Sarah Kimmerle (Potsdam): In the Public Trust: Funding Structures in the Prussian Palaces and Gardens Foundation

17.00-18.00 e-Wine reception (bring your own beverage)

Friday, 18 September, 2020

11.00-12.30 Closing
Amalie Fößel (Essen): Concluding Remarks
Cathleen Sarti (Oxford)/ Charlotte Backerra (Göttingen): Future Plans and Project Ideas

Please note: All times are in CET (German time).

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Dr. Charlotte Backerra

Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
Seminar für Mittlere und Neuere Geschichte
Lehrstuhl für Geschichte der Frühen Neuzeit
Heinrich-Düker-Weg 14
37073 Göttingen