IMC 2017: Sessions

Session 1236: The Montforts: A 13th-Century European Family History

Wednesday 5 July 2017, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Centre d'Études Supérieures de Civilisation Médiévale (CESCM), Université de Poitiers
Organiser:Gregory Lippiatt, Centre d'Études Supérieures de Civilisation Médiévale (CESCM), Université de Poitiers
Moderator/Chair:Martin Aurell, Centre d'Études Supérieures de Civilisation Médiévale (CESCM), Université de Poitiers
Paper 1236-aCatch Us the Little Foxes: Tracing Montfortine Persecution of Heresy in the Midi, 1209-1223
(Language: English)
Gregory Lippiatt, Centre d'Études Supérieures de Civilisation Médiévale (CESCM), Université de Poitiers
Index terms: Crusades, Lay Piety, Military History
Paper 1236-bThe Miracles of Simon of Montfort (d. 1265)
(Language: English)
Sophie Ambler, Independent Scholar, London
Index terms: Hagiography, Lay Piety
Paper 1236-cA Foolproof Political Vitality?: The Montfort Family after the Defeat of Evesham, 1265
(Language: English)
Alexis Charansonnet, Centre Interuniversitaire d'Histoire et d'Archéologie Médiévales (UMR 5648), Université Lumière Lyon II
Index terms: Genealogy and Prosopography, Politics and Diplomacy
Abstract

The Montfort family offers a remarkable example of a baronial dynasty that spread across Europe in the 13th century, playing a leading role in key political events like the Albigensian Crusade, Second Barons’ War, and destruction of Hohenstaufen Italy. The Montforts’ interactions with their contemporary political environment contributed to the unification of modern France, development of the English Parliament, and the establishment of Angevin Sicily. More intimately, the family’s piety also provides a unique glimpse into the nature of baronial-ecclesiastical relationships across generations. This session will illustrate the signal importance of the Montforts to the 13th century, while challenging traditional assumptions about the arc and orientation of their story.