The Camels of Charles the Bald

This article investigates a previously neglected aspect of diplomatic relations between the Carolingians and the Umayyads of al-Andalus, the camels sent by Emir Muḥammad I to Charles the Bald, King of the West Franks, in 865. In addition to being placed within a diplomatic and historiographical cont...

Full description

Saved in:  
Bibliographic Details
Published in:Medieval encounters
Main Author: Ottewill-Soulsby, Samuel
Format: Electronic Article
Language:English
Check availability: HBZ Gateway
Journals Online & Print:
Drawer...
Published: Brill [2019]
In: Medieval encounters
Year: 2019, Volume: 25, Issue: 3, Pages: 263-292
Standardized Subjects / Keyword chains:B Carolingians / Diplomatische Beziehungen / Umayyads / al- Andalus / Bactrian camel / Gift / Meaning / Political identity
RelBib Classification:BJ Islam
CC Christianity and Non-Christian religion; Inter-religious relations
KAD Church history 500-900; early Middle Ages
KBG France
Further subjects:B Animals
B Diplomacy
B Muslim Spain
B Gifts
B Carolingians
Online Access: Volltext (Resolving-System)
doi
Description
Summary:This article investigates a previously neglected aspect of diplomatic relations between the Carolingians and the Umayyads of al-Andalus, the camels sent by Emir Muḥammad I to Charles the Bald, King of the West Franks, in 865. In addition to being placed within a diplomatic and historiographical context, the meaning of these animals needs to be understood within the traditions both of the donor and the recipient. The unusual nature of camels for both al-Andalus and Francia is explored. For both Muḥammad and Charles and their respective courts, camels would have been resonant of eastern monarchy, strengthening a claim to parity with other Islamic rulers for the former, while contributing to Charles's presentation of himself as a Solomonic king.
ISSN:1570-0674
Contains:Enthalten in: Medieval encounters
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.1163/15700674-12340046