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IMC 2015: Sessions

Session 1630: Rethinking the Medieval Frontier, I: Beyond the Reconquista

Thursday 9 July 2015, 11.15-12.45

Organiser:Jonathan Jarrett, Barber Institute of Fine Arts, University of Birmingham
Moderator/Chair:Naomi Standen, Centre for the Study of the Middle Ages (CeSMA), University of Birmingham
Paper 1630-aA Kingdom with No Frontier: On the Political Identity of the Astur-Leonese Monarchy, 9th-11th Centuries
(Language: English)
Álvaro Carvajal Castro, School of Archaeology University College Dublin
Index terms: Administration, Historiography - Modern Scholarship, Local History, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 1630-bDe Administrandis Marcis: The 10th-Century Frontier with Islam - Seen from Barcelona and Byzantium
(Language: English)
Jonathan Jarrett, Barber Institute of Fine Arts, University of Birmingham
Index terms: Administration, Byzantine Studies, Charters and Diplomatics, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 1630-cPlace, Fringe, Society, or Process?: Rulers and Ruled at the Iberian Frontier through the Evidence of the Fueros and Cartas de Población, c. 1050 - c. 1150
(Language: English)
Rodrigo García-Velasco Bernal, Woolf Institute / Faculty of History, University of Cambridge
Index terms: Administration, Archives and Sources, Local History, Politics and Diplomacy

The frontier between Christian kingdoms and an Islamic state or states has constituted one of the basic factors of the historiography of the medieval Iberian Peninsula for a long time, but recent years have seen a move away from the paradigm of Reconquista and greater attention paid to the frontier populations who found themselves under new government as the Christian kingdoms expanded. The narrative remains top-down, however. The three papers in this session examine Asturias, Aragón, and Catalonia from the 9th to the 12th centuries, asking how far they were controlled, and by whom, and make comparisons to elsewhere.