IMC 2009: Sessions

Session 302: Secular Gift-Giving in the Medieval West, c. 1200-1400

Monday 13 July 2009, 16.30-18.00

Organiser:Benjamin Linley Wild, Department of History, King's College London
Moderator/Chair:Benjamin Linley Wild, Department of History, King's College London
Paper 302-aThe Gifts People Gave: Givers and Receivers in the Angevin and Capetian Courts
(Language: English)
Benjamin Linley Wild, Department of History, King's College London
Index terms: Art History - General, Genealogy and Prosopography, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 302-bGifts of Food to the Household of Edward I, 1285-86
(Language: English)
Julie Elizabeth Crockford, Department of History, King's College London
Index terms: Daily Life, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 302-cBeyond Ardres: Diplomatic Gift-Giving at the Courts of Richard II and Henry IV
(Language: English)
Jessica Lutkin, Independent Scholar, High Wycombe
Index terms: Art History - General, Politics and Diplomacy
Abstract

The topic of medieval gift-giving is now ubiquitous but a detailed analysis of secular gift-exchange between 1200-1400 has still be undertaken. Furthermore only a fraction of the relevant source material is available in transcription. Using a variety of sources, but focusing on records of the royal household that survive from France and England, the papers in this session will attempt a prosopographical study of the givers and receivers at the courts of Philip Augustus and Henry III; consider the importance and meaning of food gifts to Edward I; and evaluate the role that gifts of plate played in the diplomatic exchanges between France and England during the reigns of Richard II and Henry IV.