The Functions of Praise Discourse in Carolingian Politics
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.