Date of Graduation

5-2017

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in History (MA)

Degree Level

Graduate

Department

History

Advisor

Lynda L. Coon

Committee Member

Kim Sexton

Second Committee Member

Rembrandt Q. Wolpert

Keywords

Language, literature and linguistics; Social sciences; Communication and the arts; Aachen; Architecture; Carolingian; Charlemagne; Emperor; Germany; Politics; Statements; Stone

Abstract

Statements in Stone is an intersectional and preliminary study of the architecture and Social aspects of the palatine complex of Aachen Germany during the reign of Charlemagne approximately spanning from the 790s to 814CE. The interplay between built space and its Social uses inform the larger Social understandings and interpretations of power and authority. Court poetry written by contemporaries and courtiers of Charlemagne allow readers to glimpse the court as it moved through and interacted with the built environment. Architectural precedents inform the connotations associated with the spaces of Aachen, while spatial theory will provide a framework for understanding the matter in which a society creates meaning out of Social rituals and the importance of space in this process of this creation.

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