IMC 2016: Sessions

Session 1228: The Many Concerns of a Medieval Elite: Nobles and Gentry in Mid-14th-Century England and France

Wednesday 6 July 2016, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Society for Fourteenth Century Studies
Organiser:James Bothwell, School of History, University of Leicester
Moderator/Chair:James Bothwell, School of History, University of Leicester
Paper 1228-aEdward III's Household Knights and the Crécy Campaign
(Language: English)
Matthew Hefferan, Department of History, University of Nottingham
Matthew Hefferan, Department of History, University of Nottingham
Matthew Hefferan, Department of History, University of Nottingham
Index terms: Administration, Politics and Diplomacy, Social History
Paper 1228-bWilliam Montagu, First Earl of Salisbury: The Inversion of A Royal Favourite
(Language: English)
Matt Raven, Department of History, University of Hull
Matt Raven, Department of History, University of Hull
Matt Raven, Department of History, University of Hull
Index terms: Administration, Politics and Diplomacy, Social History
Abstract

These papers look at the middle decades of the fourteenth century, focusing on the medieval elite on both sides of the Channel. Raven takes a new look at the career of William Montagu, examining why he attracted little negative attention from contemporaries, as well as the larger issue of the favourite’s perceived place in the political community. Hefferan uses the Crécy campaign to examine the military contributions of Edward III’s household knights during the opening phase of the Hundred Years War. Finally, Sarpy looks further afield, at the career of Joan of Flanders, examining the issue of the protection of the vulnerable and custody of women. Together, this session should offer new and exciting ways to view the medieval elite in 14th-century Europe.