|Budget Amount *help
¥3,600,000 (Direct Cost: ¥3,300,000、Indirect Cost: ¥300,000)
Fiscal Year 2007: ¥1,300,000 (Direct Cost: ¥1,000,000、Indirect Cost: ¥300,000)
Fiscal Year 2006: ¥1,100,000 (Direct Cost: ¥1,100,000)
Fiscal Year 2005: ¥1,200,000 (Direct Cost: ¥1,200,000)
This research was intended to contribute to the analysis of political order in the medieval christian world. Our main focus was on the diplomatic intercourses between the Byzantine Empire and the West, especially on the interactions between Byzantine court and Frankish king in the period from the split of Frankish Kingdom (843) to Otto I's coronation as Emperor (2 Feb. 962; as king from 936, died 973).
Through surveying the relevant texts (chronicles, annals, diplomatic documents), we investigated the principals, manner, disciplines of their diplomacy, or of self-presentation as well as their respect to addresses.
Quite a lot of missions were dispatched between Byzantine and Frankish court, Roman Pope, besides aristocratic powers in middle-south Italy, i. e., comte of Arles, margrave of Ivria (Istoria), duke of Benevento, etc. We have recognized that the main topic seen in those intercourses was the Roman Emperorship. This historical problem, which has been discussed as “Translation of Imperial Sovereignty (Translatio Imperii)" was not a mere issue of transfer of power from the East to the West, but a political controversy on so-called communion of “Empire" between Byzantine Empire and Frankish King, i. e. the negotiations of western powers for their share of Imperial dignity.
Through the relevant texts, we recognized the enthusiasm of Frankish king for their desire in contrast of the disregard of Byzantine court. Our contribution could be in the additional point of view on Byzantine diplomacy. Needless to say, further more scrutiny is necessary