IMC 2018: Sessions

Session 107: Citizenship, Identity, and Conflict in Late Medieval Urban Society

Monday 2 July 2018, 11.15-12.45

Organiser:Leen Bervoets, Vakgroep Geschiedenis, Universiteit Gent
Moderator/Chair:Christian Liddy, Department of History, Durham University
Paper 107-aMerchants, Craftsmen, and Taxpayers: Considering the Versatile Background of Burghers in 13th-Century Flanders
(Language: English)
Leen Bervoets, Vakgroep Geschiedenis, Universiteit Gent
Index terms: Economics - Urban, Political Thought, Social History
Paper 107-bManaging Internal Conflict and Identity in the Cities of the Kingdom of Aragon during the 13th Century
(Language: English)
María Jesús García Arnal, Departamento de Historia Medieval Ciencias y Técnicas Historiográficas y Estudios Árabes e Islámicos, Universidad de Zaragoza
Index terms: Political Thought, Social History
Paper 107-cThe Fluidity of Status and Identity in Late Medieval France and Flanders
(Language: English)
Bobbi Sutherland, Department of History, University of Dayton, Ohio
Index terms: Mentalities, Social History

Charters from the late Middle Ages depict urban society as one of internal cohesion and unity. The city is an universitas governed by the principle of bonum commune. Yet, the intitulatios of the charters also divide the aldermen from the burghers and the burghers from the commune, and chronicles represent urban society as ripped by conflict and violence between different groups. Within the city, the group of burghers often seems hard to define. Are they the core of the urban community? Do they therefore share a common group identity and a legal status? Moreover, contemporary definitions used by chroniclers to understand past conflicts, further complicate the issue of definition. Within this session we will take a closer look at burghers in late medieval cities of Flanders, France, and Spain, and how they are represented in charters and chronicles.