IMC 2003: Sessions

Session 717: Friendship and Power, III: Diversity of Networks in Action

Tuesday 15 July 2003, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:AHRB Centre for Byzantine Cultural History / Medieval Friendship Conference, The Queen's University, Belfast, 2004
Organisers:Julian P. Haseldine, Department of History, University of Hull
Margaret E. Mullett, Institute of Byzantine Studies, Queen's University, Belfast / AHRC Centre for Byzantine Cultural History
Moderator/Chair:Jón Viðar Sigurðsson, Centre for Viking & Medieval Studies, Universitetet i Oslo
Paper 717-aA Party of Friends and Relations: The Letter Collection of Hierotheos (12th Century)
(Language: English)
Michael Grünbart, Institut für Byzantinistik und Neogräzistik, Universität Wien
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Literacy and Orality, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 717-bThe Impact and Importance of a Personal Network: Archbishop William of Champagne and his Circle, Agents in Royal Service (1179-1203)?
(Language: English)
Walter Ysebaert, Fonds Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek (FWO), Vlaanderen / Faculteit Letteren en Wijsbegeerte Geschiedenis, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Index terms: Politics and Diplomacy, Social History
Paper 717-cA Super-Network?: Bernard of Clairvaux's Use of Friendship
(Language: English)
Julian P. Haseldine, Department of History, University of Hull
Index terms: Politics and Diplomacy, Religious Life

This is one of four planned sessions exploring the theme of power and authority in relation to friendship in the light of the recent proliferation of research in this area. This third session examines the central problem of reconstructing the networks of friendship which had such an impact on political and cultural life. It is the structure, the cohesion and the endurance of the network which gives friendship its power. This session explores both the internal dynamics of friendship networks, with their balance of authority and equality, and their external impact as vehicles for the application of power.