IMC 2018: Sessions

Session 1514: Rebellion and Reconciliation in Angevin Family Politics, c. 1103-1152

Thursday 5 July 2018, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:Haskins Society / Battle Conference on Anglo-Norman Studies
Organiser:Amy Livingstone, Department of History, Wittenberg University, Ohio
Moderator/Chair:Robert F. Berkhofer, Department of History, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo
Respondent:Laura Gathagan, Department of History, State University of New York, Cortland
Paper 1514-aKeeping the Peace: Countess Ermengarde's Role in Angevin Family Politics
(Language: English)
Amy Livingstone, Department of History, Wittenberg University, Ohio
Index terms: Charters and Diplomatics, Gender Studies, Politics and Diplomacy, Women's Studies
Paper 1514-bFraternal Rebellions and the Comital Family in 12th-Century Anjou
(Language: English)
Kathryn Dutton, Department of History, University of Manchester
Index terms: Charters and Diplomatics, Politics and Diplomacy

Infamously labeled ‘the devil’s brood’, were the Angevin kindred particularly prone to rebellion and rancor? The papers in this session take up that question. Two papers examine the vital agency and intercession of women in Greater Anjou during the early 12th century, when hostilities within the Angevin familia threatened to rend the principality asunder. The final paper reevaluates two rebellions staged against the counts of Anjou by their younger brothers in the mid-12th century and considers how they embodied Angevin political ideals and practices which privileged familial involvement in comital power. This session was conceived by three scholars all working on members of the 12th-century Angevin kindred, and whose work is directly informed by each other’s research, to provide a forum for discussion and dialogue about the internal dynamics of the Angevin comital family.