IMC 2015: Sessions

Session 1730: Rethinking the Medieval Frontier, II: Eastern Europe and Eastern Mediterranean

Thursday 9 July 2015, 14.15-15.45

Organiser:Jonathan Jarrett, Barber Institute of Fine Arts, University of Birmingham
Moderator/Chair:Jonathan Jarrett, Barber Institute of Fine Arts, University of Birmingham
Paper 1730-aConcepts of the Border in Early Medieval Central Europe
(Language: English)
Jakub Kabala, Department of History, Harvard University
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Ecclesiastical History, Political Thought, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 1730-bIslands: Not the Last Frontier - Insular Models in the Early Medieval Byzantine Mediterranean, c. 650 - c. 850
(Language: English)
Luca Zavagno, Department of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences, Eastern Mediterranean University, Famagusta
Index terms: Archaeology - General, Byzantine Studies, Economics - General, Local History
Paper 1730-cThe Lord's Tournament Ground: The Performance of Nobility in Crusader Outremer
(Language: English)
Nicholas Paul, Department of History, Fordham University
Index terms: Crusades, Language and Literature - French or Occitan, Mentalities, Political Thought
Abstract

As part of an overdue retheorisisation of the medieval frontier, these three papers search out concepts of territory and border space in different non-western contexts. Kabala compares Latin, Slavonic, and Byzantine concepts of boundedness in the 8th and 9th centuries; Zavagno presents a new understanding of the role of the Mediterranean islands in the Byzantine world; and Paul shows the Crusader principalities of the Holy Land as a Western outpost whose primary concerns was not its enemies but its homeland. All three add to our understanding of what the medieval frontier meant for those who met it.