Struggles for Power in the Kingdom of Italy
Struggles for Power in the Kingdom of Italy
The Hucpoldings, c. 850-c. 1100
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Prefatory Note
Maps and Tables
Preface by Simon MacLean

Part I Kinship and Political Relations

1. The Hucpoldings’ Involvement in the Political Struggles of the Kingdom of Italy (847–945)
Hucpold, Count Palatine of Louis II
Faction and Endeavour: Hubald I
The Aristocratic Career of Boniface dux et marchio between Rudolf II and Hugh of Arles

2. Family Patterns and Political Affirmation (945–1012)
The Duchy of Spoleto and Tuscany
Eastern Emilia and the Exarchate of Ravenna
The March of Tuscany

3. The Local Basis of Power in a Wide Political Network (1012–1116)
Hugh II and His Lineage in Bologna and Ferrara
The Ties that Bind: Boniface of Canossa and Kinship Networks across the Apennines
The Counts of Romena-Panico

Part II Properties and Patronage

4. The Exarchate
Land Possession and Relations in the Ninth Century
The Troubled Years, c.960–c.1000
Persistence in the comitatus Faentinus and the 1034 Pact

5. The March of Tuscany
The Family Group Estates in the Ninth Century
Marchisal Fisc and Monastic Foundations
Centres of Power, Patronage Networks

6. Ruling on the Border : Landed Possessions from the Po Valley to the Apennines in Bononia’s Diocese
Acquisitions, Exchanges, Organization of Lands in the Tenth Century
Landed Wealth and Hegemony
Lands, People and Castles (900–1100)
Estate Management: Between Territorial Consolidation and Dispersal

Part III Power, Relationships, Memory

7. Kinship, Self-awareness and Memory
Onomastic Choices
The lex Ribuaria profession
The Role of Monastic Foundations: Family Memory, Politics and Identity
Kinship Representations between Perceptions and Self-awareness
Evolution and Hierarchy of Kinship Cohesion

8. Features and Practices of Power: From Officials to Lords
Firsts Steps at Court: Offices and Responsibilities in the Kingdom of Italy
The Marchisal Achievement and the Gaining of Ecclesiastical Offices
Dinastizzazione of the Title of comes and the Development of Seigneurial Rule in a Border Region

9. Discontinuity between Public Powers and Private Seigneurial Rule

Genealogical Tables

Reviews and Features

''Edoardo Manarini’s Struggles for Power in the Kingdom of Italy applies new methodological approaches to the often narrowly considered Hucpoldings. […] this publication is sure to serve as the foundation for future study of the expansive kinship group.

The book is a well-researched and insightful exploration of the development and exercise of power within the Hucpolding dynasty.

Manarini has provided a fruitful framework that would complement other approaches, including those of material culture and gender studies.''
-Blair Apgar, Speculum 98/4 October (2023)

Edoardo Manarini

Struggles for Power in the Kingdom of Italy

The Hucpoldings, c. 850-c. 1100

This book presents a detailed study of the Hucpoldings, an elite group in Carolingian and post-Carolingian Italy. Though the Hucpoldings have not received extensive treatment in previous anglophone scholarship, they had a key influence in much of what was happening in this period. Manarini’s groundbreaking study highlights the dramatic geopolitical changes surrounding this kinship group in the kingdom of Italy across three crucial centuries. The research reconstructs political events associated with every identifiable member of the kinship, as well as inquiring into their patrimony and their networks of relationships and patronage. Finally, it examines the distinctive characteristics of the group to gain a clearer picture of the nature of their power, their memory strategies and the shared perceptions and self-awareness of group members.

Edoardo Manarini

Edoardo Manarini is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Turin. His research revolves around Western European medieval political institutions, focusing on Italy’s elite kindreds and their interconnection with regnal power, the links between kings and abbeys in Lombard and Carolingian Italy, the dynamics of memory and monastic production of written strategies.