IMC 2018: Sessions

Session 515: Re-Thinking the Aristocracy in Capetian France, I: Aristocratic Identities

Tuesday 3 July 2018, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:Society for the Study of French History (SSFH)
Organisers:Charlotte Crouch, Graduate Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Reading
Niall Ó Súilleabháin, Department of History, Trinity College Dublin
Moderator/Chair:Constance Bouchard, Department of History, University of Akron, Ohio
Paper 515-aIdentifying the Aristocracy in the Middle Loire Valley, c. 1000- c. 1150
(Language: English)
Niall Ó Súilleabháin, Department of History, Trinity College Dublin
Index terms: Charters and Diplomatics, Social History
Paper 515-bAristocratic Childlessness in 12th- and 13th-Century France
(Language: English)
Charlotte Pickard, Centre for Continuing & Professional Education, Cardiff University
Index terms: Charters and Diplomatics, Genealogy and Prosopography, Women's Studies
Paper 515-cA Crisis of Identity: Who Were the Nobles of 13th-Century Languedoc?
(Language: English)
Rachael Hardstaff, Department of History, University of York
Index terms: Crusades, Politics and Diplomacy

The aristocracy are central to the history of the French kingdom in the period 987-1328. This series of panels seeks to bring together scholars across the period to question historiographical traditions, and develop a more nuanced history of the aristocracy of Capetian France. The first panel will question the place and status of the aristocracy within Capetian France and how different aristocratic identities were constructed and expressed. Niall Ó Súilleabháin will investigate how aristocratic status was displayed through the language of charters in the early Capetian period; Charlotte Pickard will examine how aristocratic women’s identities and positions within their families and kin-groups were affected by the experience of childlessness; and Rachael Hardstaff will detail how memory and nostalgia combined in Languedoc to contribute to a uniquely southern aristocratic identity.