IMC 2006: Sessions

Session 1525: Politics, Family, and Community in 13th-Century England

Thursday 13 July 2006, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:Department of History & American Studies, Canterbury Christ Church University
Organiser:Louise J. Wilkinson, Department of History & American Studies, Canterbury Christ Church University
Moderator/Chair:Björn Weiler, Department of History & Welsh History, Aberystwyth University
Paper 1525-aThe Unsatisfactory Marriages of Margaret FitzGerold
(Language: English)
Michael Ray, Department of History, King's College London
Index terms: Gender Studies, Politics and Diplomacy, Social History, Women’s Studies
Paper 1525-bEarl Richard, the Honour of Wallingford, and the Barons' War
(Language: English)
Adrian Jobson, Independent Scholar, San Francisco
Index terms: Administration, Law, Local History, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 1525-cEleanor de Montfort and the Barons' War
(Language: English)
Louise J. Wilkinson, Department of History & American Studies, Canterbury Christ Church University
Index terms: Gender Studies, Politics and Diplomacy, Social History, Women’s Studies
Abstract

This session examines the politicisation of ties of community and Family in England during the 13th century. Michael’s paper focuses on the matrimonial carreer of Margaret FitzGerold, wife first to the heir of the Earl of Devon, and second to Falkes de Bréauté, King John’s hated, lowborn, alien soldier. The second marriage was a personal disaster but Margaret had her revenge when she failed to stand by her man when Falkes fell from power. Adrian’s paper considers Earl Richard of Cornwall’s association with the hundred of Wallingford and local bonds of political faction during the period of the baronial reform and rebellion (1258-1265). Drawing on Eleanor de Montfort’s household roll, Louise’s paper explores the role played by this noblewoman in supporting her husband’s political activities during the tumultuous events of 1265.