Non-Royal Rulership in the Earlier Medieval West, c. 600-1200

School of History, University of Leeds
08.04.2019 - 09.04.2019
Fraser McNair

Between the breakdown of Roman rule and the sweeping legal and administrative changes of the later twelfth century, western Europe saw many types of rulers. The precise nature of their title and authority changed: dukes, counts, rectores, gastalds, ealdormen… These rulers were ubiquitous and diverse, but despite the variation between them, they all shared a need to conceptualise, to justify, and to exercise their rule without access to the ideological and governmental resources of kingship. This conference invites proposals for papers which will explore the political practices of non-royal rulers across the earlier medieval period, in order to understand how the ambiguities of a position of rule that was not kingship were resolved in their various inflections.

Potential subjects include:

- conceptualisations of non-royal rulership in titulature, literature, documents or coinage;

- legitimisation of non-royal rulership;

- the relationship between non-royal rulership and wider political cultures;

- the various inflections of non-royal rulership within the same geographical space;

- the relationship between non-royal and royal rulership.

Please send titles and abstracts of up to 300 words to, indicating affiliation, current academic status, and contact details, by the new extended deadline of 31st January 2019. Thanks to the generous support of the Leverhulme Trust, we will be able to offer paid travel, accommodation and subsistence to speakers.


Fraser McNair
Level 3, Michael Sadler Building
University of Leeds, Leeds, UK, LS2 9TJ

Non-Royal Rulership in the Earlier Medieval West, c. 600-1200, 08.04.2019 – 09.04.2019 Leeds, in: H-Soz-Kult, 11.01.2019, <>.