Dr. Björn Weiler
Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS)
School of History
Born 1969; 1999 PhD in Mediaeval History at the University of St. Andrews; 1999-2000 Lecturer at the University of Wales, Swansea; 2000 Tutor at the University of Durham; since 2001 lecturer at Aberystwyth University, since 2006 senior lecturer; 2005 Visiting Fellow at the University of Cambridge, Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities; 2006 Visiting Scholar at the Centre for Medieval Studies, Universitet i Bergen, Norway; 2008-2009 Fellow at Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University.
Books, Proceedings, Editions, and Articles (10 selected)
- King Henry III of England and the Staufen Empire; 1216-1272, Royal Historical SocietyStudies in History. (Woodbridge: Boydell & Brewer, 2006)
- Kingship, Rebellion and Political Culture: England and Germany, c.1215 – c.1250, (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2007)
- England and Europe in the Reign of Henry III (1216-1272), ed. B.K.U. Weiler with I.W. Rowlands (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2002.
- Representations of Power in Medieval Germany, c. 700 – c. 1500, ed. Björn Weiler and Simon MacLean (Turnhout: Brepols, 2006).
- “The Rex renitens and the Medieval Ideal of Kingship, c. 900 - c. 1250’, Viator 31 (2000), 1-42.
- “Politics and power in Europe, c.850-1170”, Early Medieval Europe 16 (2008), 474-93.
- “Suitability and right: imperial succession and the norms of politics in early Staufen Germany”, in: Frédérique Lachaud and Michael Penman (eds.), Making and Breaking the Rules: Succession in Medieval Europe, c. 1000 – c. 1600: Établir et abolir les norms: la succession dans l’Europe médiévale, vers 1000 – vers 1600 (Turnhout, 2008), 71-86.
- “Rebellious sons: revolt, succession, and the culture of kingship in Western Europe, c.1170 – c.1280”, Historical Research 82 (2009), 17-40.
- “Crown-giving and king-making in the west, c. 1000 – c. 1250”, Viator 41 (2010), 57-88.
- “Kingship and lordship: kingship in ‘dynastic’ chronicles”, in: Anonim zw. Gallem i jego Kronika na tle historiografii XII wieku z perspektywy nowszych badań [The Gallus Anonymus and his Chronicle in the light of recent research], ed. Jerzy Wieruszowski, POLSKA AKADEMIA UMIEJĘTNOŚCI [Proceedings of the Polish Academy of Arts and Letters] (Kraków, 2010), 103-23 (in press: proofs).
FRIAS Research Project
“Becoming King: The Practice of Kingship in Europe, c. 950-c.1200”
Between the tenth and the thirteenth century, Europe became a world of kings. This brought with it attempts to define, to curtail and limit, to direct and channel the exercise of royal power. By the end of the period, mechanisms had been created (such as parliaments), a legal framework established (such as Magna Carta in England), and concepts fashioned that defined the political discourse and the political practice of Europe well into the early modern period and beyond. It is with exploring how these norms, ideas and mechanisms emerged that the project is concerned.
At its heart is the premise that the very act of claiming power also brought with it the means of limiting and curtailing that power. The history of high medieval kingship, it will be argued, is also the history of the roots and origins of the political structures, norms and practices of the modern West. restrained, is as relevant today as it was in the eleventh or twelfth century.