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The End(s) of Intercession: Consolidations and Conclusions

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It is within this broader political context that one must understand the increasingly public nature of intercession from the beginning of the tenth century. In particular, this chapter argues that the process of intercession as well as its documentation served to address what Kränzle has called the "fundamental contradiction" of Ottonian kingship, namely that between the Late Antique and Carolingian "theocratic model of rulership", in which the king stood above and apart from his magnates, and the "political reality" of the king's imbrication within aristocratic networks, friendships, and conflicts, in which the king was more of a primus inter pares. In a nutshell, intercession resolved this contradiction by integrating the two poles of rulership together. The king's amici and consanguinei were simultaneously essential actors within his reign, and subordinate to his authority and decision-making: they were necessary, but not sufficient.

Keywords: aristocratic networks; intercession; king's consanguinei; king's amici; Kränzle; Late Antique; Ottonian kingship



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