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Robert Smith


A Study of the Contested Practice of Ruler Praise at the Court of Charles the Bald

Supervisor: Dr Mary Garrison


I am a historian of the early middle ages, with a particular interest in the Carolingian Empire. My current work is an investigation into how praise discourse worked at the Carolingian court. I look both at the sources and models for praise poetry written in honour of rulers, and also at a contemporary debate amongst courtiers about the dangers of flattery and the acceptable limits of praise discourse.

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Mr Robert Smith
PhD student
Department of History
University of York
YO10 5DD