IMC 2005: Sessions

Session 802: Diplomacy in Later Medieval England

Tuesday 12 July 2005, 16.30-18.00

Organiser:Jacquelyn Fernholz, Balliol College, University of Oxford
Moderator/Chair:Ian Forrest, All Souls College, University of Oxford
Paper 802-aDisease and Diplomacy: The Impact of the Black Death Reconsidered
(Language: English)
Karsten Plöger, German Historical Institute, London
Index terms: Genealogy and Prosopography, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 802-bThe Birth of Diplomatic Specialization?: English Embassies to France, 1375-1422
(Language: English)
Katherine J. Benson, School of History, University of Reading
Index terms: Genealogy and Prosopography, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 802-cThe Professionalization of Royal Service: The Evidence of Henry VI's Ambassadors
(Language: English)
Jacquelyn Fernholz, Balliol College, University of Oxford
Index terms: Genealogy and Prosopography, Politics and Diplomacy
Abstract

This panel explores aspects of English diplomacy during the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. The first paper explores the process of diplomacy at the height of the plague years and suggests that its effects were minimal. The second paper suggests that during the period encompassing the reigns of Richard II to Henry V, a conscious shift in policy took place, encouraging geographical specialization among English ambassadors. The third paper takes the idea of specialization further by suggesting that, during the reign of Henry VI, it is possible to detect the beginnings of professionalization in the English diplomatic corps.