May. 14th, 2011

ursula: (bear)
A while ago, I did some research on multiple rulers in medieval Western Europe:

One of the responses I got was, "This would make a great Compleat Anachronist!" My first response was, "That's not fifty pages!" But I'd like to share the historical data more widely, and it occurs to me that I don't actually have to do this all by myself. So, want to help?

Here's my plan. I'd like to put together a CA called something like King and Queen, King and King: Shared Rule in Medieval Europe. The pamphlet will start with an introduction that talks about the reasons that shared rulership arose (the Roman co-emperor tradition, alternatives to primogeniture, marriage, power grabs, etc.) Then there will be a series of profiles of particular co-rulers. I definitely want to include Henry II of England and his son Henry the Young King, Justin and Justinian, Zoe, Theodora, and Constantine IX, Harold Hardrada and Magnus the Good, Ferdinand and Isabella, and the principality of Andorra.

If you want to help, you should choose a pair of co-rulers, and write a profile of them that answers the following questions:

  • How did these people come to share rule? Was this a traditional strategy, or an innovation?
  • How did the shared rule develop or end?
  • What do we know about the ceremony involved? How were the co-rulers addressed? How were they depicted in art, or referenced in documents?

If you think you'd be interested but don't yet have a favorite pair of co-rulers, that's OK too: we can hunt together! I'd love to have lots of people with different personas involved.

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