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"What if... Charlemagne's other sons had survived?" Charlemagne's sons and the problems of royal succession

"Was wäre, wenn... die anderen Söhne Karls des Großen überlebt hätten?" Die Söhne Karls des Großen und Probleme der Herrschaftsnachfolg
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Abstract 'The article is concerned with the problem of Early and Medieval royal succession in different circumstances: the death of two of Charlemagne's designated heirs in 810 and 811, the succession of Louis the Pious in 814 and the conflicts between Louis and his sons resulting in Louis's deposition in 833 and the division of the Carolingian Empire. Counterfactuals are employed in the interpretation of the events surrounding and leading up to the central political and legal problems of royal and imperial succession. Asking questions like 'What if... event x would not have taken place?' and - if possible - developing likely and less likely scenarios proves to be a valuable tool of historic research, especially with regard to the Early Middle Ages' grave lack of written sources. The overall effect of a methodic use of counterfactuals in this form is a d-construction or what still may be seen as a 'logical succession' of events.' (author's abstract)
Keywords historical development; historical analysis; method; thinking; domination; crisis; science of history; Europe; Western Europe; historiography; guarantee of domination; middle ages; problem; son
Classification Research Design; General History
Method historical
Document language English
Publication Year 2009
Page/Pages p. 184-202
Journal Historical Social Research, 34 (2009) 2
ISSN 0172-6404
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works