IMC 2013: Sessions

Session 629: Political Networks and Landscapes in the Late Middle Ages: Towns and Nobility in the Empire and Low Countries

Tuesday 2 July 2013, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Department of History, Durham University
Organiser:Ben Pope, Department of History, Durham University
Moderator/Chair:Frederik Buylaert, Vakgroep Geschiedenis, Vrije Universiteit Brussels
Paper 629-aNuremberg and the Rural Nobility in the 15th Century
(Language: English)
Ben Pope, Department of History, Durham University
Index terms: Local History, Politics and Diplomacy, Social History
Paper 629-bBuilding up Networks of Cultural and Technological Exchange between Town and Countryside: The Financial Relations of the Nobility with Piedmontese Bankers in the Duchy of Brabant, c. 1280-1350
(Language: English)
David Kusman, Section d'histoire, Université Libre de Bruxelles
Index terms: Economics - Urban, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 629-cThe Interactions between Urban and Rural Elites in Late Medieval Flanders: The Case-Study of Bruges
(Language: English)
Andy Ramandt, Vakgroep Geschiedenis, Universiteit Gent
Index terms: Politics and Diplomacy, Social History

Relations between townspeople and the rural nobility were particularly sharply contoured in the highly decentralized political environments of the late medieval Empire and Flanders. The potential for conflict between the two groups was great, but so too was their need for cooperation and mutual aid. Combined with the tension between cultural and social assimilation and divergence of rural and urban elites, this could result in a finely balanced regional political landscape, or in one open to substantial change when either assimilation or differentiation prevailed. The papers in this session will explore some important case studies from across this spectrum.