IMC 2018: Sessions

Session 615: Re-Thinking the Aristocracy in Capetian France, II: Aristocracy and Monarchy

Tuesday 3 July 2018, 11.15-12.45

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:Alice Taylor, Department of History, King's College London
Paper 615-aThe Montforts and the Capetians in the 13th Century
(Language: English)
Lindy Grant, Department of History, University of Reading
Index terms: Genealogy and Prosopography, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 615-b'I Will Survive!': Isabella of Angoulême and Negotiating [with] the Capetians in the 13th Century
(Language: English)
Sally Spong, School of History, University of East Anglia
Index terms: Gender Studies, Politics and Diplomacy, Women's Studies
Paper 615-cServir les rois de France: Le duc Robert II de Bourgogne et le gouvernement de Philippe III le Hardi et de Philippe IV le Bel
(Language: Français)
David Bardey, Département d'Histoire, Université de Bourgogne-Franche-Comté
Index terms: Administration, Military History, 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 increasing power of the Capetian kings from the late 12th century onwards has traditionally been seen as a concomitant decline for the aristocracy; this panel will closely examine three aristocratic families, and their relationship with the French monarchy, with the aim of comparing their experiences of, and reaction to, Capetian expansion. Lindy Grant’s paper will consider the Montfort family, and how they worked to regain their status after 1204; Sally Spong will discuss how Isabella of Angoulême strove to keep her family’s lands intact under increasing Capetian control.