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IMC 2016: Sessions

Session 1710: Rethinking the Medieval Frontier, III: Frankish Frontiers, Internal, and External

Thursday 7 July 2016, 14.15-15.45

Organiser:Jonathan Jarrett, School of History, University of Leeds
Moderator/Chair:Alan V. Murray, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Paper 1710-aThe Idea of Aquitaine in the Early Middle Ages
(Language: English)
Arkady Hodge, Trinity College, University of Oxford
Index terms: Administration, Mentalities, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 1710-bRewriting the Frontier in Carolingian and Ottonian Historiography
(Language: English)
Jakub Kabala, Department of History & Digital Studies, Davidson College, North Carolina
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Mentalities, Political Thought
Paper 1710-cBuilding Political Power on Feudal Frontiers: The Case of Landric of Nevers
(Language: English)
Niall Ó Súilleabháin, Department of History, Trinity College Dublin
Index terms: Local History, Politics and Diplomacy, Social History

The early medieval empires of the Franks faced as much opposition and disquiet from within as from beyond their territories. This session compares the way three different areas of this variegated set of polities were defined, both by their inhabitants and opponents, and whether their historiographical interpretation as frontier zones holds good. Hodge looks at Aquitaine under Merovingians and Carolingians and Kabala examines the Carolingians' and Ottonians' shifting understanding of their own eastern borders, while O'Suilleabhain focuses on the French county of Nevers during its phase of greatest autonomy.