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By Pit Peporte

Recognising the significance of the center a while as an important element of reference within the development of nationwide identities, this tough ebook examines the awesome function performed by means of the interval within the grand duchy of Luxembourg. This state is consultant of the shut dating among historicism and nation-building in smooth Europe. Tracing the fortunes of 4 pivotal figures from their very own lifetimes to the current, this e-book uncovers how they each one entered collective reminiscence and got here to play a key function in a countrywide narrative of background. The research contains the basis delusion of Sigefroid and Melusine, the posthumous occupation of Countess Ermesinde and King John of Bohemias transformation right into a nationwide hero.Borrowing a few of its theoretical framework from the learn of lieux de m?©moire, this wide-ranging booklet crosses disciplinary limitations and addresses not just historic writing, but in addition literature, the visible arts, and pop culture.

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Although an entirely fictional figure, she is made to represent the foundation of Luxembourg in the tenth century, not only in the capital, but also in national discourse in general. As a result, this book will be structured around five chapters. The first two are concerned with the founding myths: the ‘first count of Luxembourg’, Sigefroid, and his mythical wife, Melusine. Like no other figures, they incarnate the beginnings of Luxembourg, the construction of its castle, capital and the origin of its people.

The third takes place on a temporal level and acknowledges that, over time, certain aspects will be ignored and others stressed. All three levels are crucial to any serious study of collective memory. The first of these levels of deliberate forgetting has never received explicit attention in any study on lieux de mémoire, but it will play a prominent role in the following chapters. 3. The Structure of this Book Rather than attempting a complete analysis of medieval history in Luxembourg, this book will examine the most important national lieux de mémoire that refer to the Middle Ages.

One important result is that Sigefroid emerges from this debate as the oldest possible founder of the dynasty. 49 2. The Forgotten: Conrad I While the previous section intended to show that no older historic figure could replace Sigefroid, the following reveals why none of his successors did. Whereas the unknown father is a case of true oblivion, some of his successors tend to have been deliberately overlooked. The clearest example is provided by Conrad I, and for several reasons. 50 During the first years of his rule, he entered into a conflict with the archbishop of Trier, most probably over territories that he wished to usurp.

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