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Drinking from Your Father’s Skull: A Lombard Prehistory of Renaissance Marriage

 

Date: 12/13/2010

Time: 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Location: 235 Nolte Center for Continuing Education

Cost: Free and open to the public

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Drinking from Your Father’s Skull: A Lombard Prehistory of Renaissance Marriage Diplomacy - A talk by John Watkins

In the eighth century, Paul the Deacon told the story of Rosemund, the ill-fated Queen of the Lombards who murdered her husband when he forced her to drink from a cup made from her father’s skull. This story haunted the European imagination for centuries and became the subject of later plays, operas, and paintings. This paper examines it as a chapter in the history of interdynastic marriage, a crucial feature of diplomatic alliances forged in the pre-modern period. Rosemund's story acquires particular poignancy when we read it as a possible complaint against the Carolingian annexation of Lombardy, an event later recalled as symptomatic of a long-standing northern domination of Italy.  

John Watkins is a professor of English at the University of Minnesota.  

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  • Name: Institute for Advanced Study
  • E-mail: ias@umn.edu
  • Phone: 612-626-5054
  • Sponsored by: Institute for Advanced Study

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More information: http://www.ias.umn.edu/collabs09-10/MediterraneanIdentity.php

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