IMC 2004: Sessions

Session 817: Representations of Evil in Medieval Politics in 'Western France'

Tuesday 13 July 2004, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:Haskins Society
Organiser:Dave Postles, Centre for English Local History, University of Leicester
Moderator/Chair:Paul R. Hyams, Department of History, Cornell University / Independent Scholar, Oxford
Paper 817-a'The Wicked Madness of the Traitors Burst into Flame': Aristocratic Protest in the Angevin Lands in France (1144-1224)
(Language: English)
Daniel Power, Department of History, University of Sheffield
Index terms: Anthropology, Law
Paper 817-b'No Good Song is ever Sung of a Traitor': The Construction of Traitors as Type
(Language: English)
Karen Elizabeth Bosnos, Department of History, Emory University
Index terms: Anthropology, Law
Paper 817-cWho Put the 'Evil' in 'Evil Customs'?
(Language: English)
Tracey L. Billado, Department of History, Emory University, Georgia
Index terms: Anthropology, Law

Coherent in time and place, focused on ‘western France’ in the 10th to 12th centuries, the papers are further cohesive in addressing the issue of the ‘politics’ of the aristocracy through dispute and the exercise of power. Billado will explore the origins and meanings of ‘evil customs’ in the context of the religious houses and aristocracy in greater Anjou, Bosnos the rhetoric of labelling and representation of traitors in the 11th and 12th centuries, and Power will pursue this last theme through aristocratic actions in the twelfth century. Through the complementary nature and the innovative approaches of the papers, an extremely important context will be redefined.