IMC 2018: Sessions

Session 915: Re-Thinking the Aristocracy in Capetian France, IV: A Round Table Discussion

Tuesday 3 July 2018, 19.00-20.00

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:Niall Ó Súilleabháin, Department of History, Trinity College Dublin
Abstract

The aristocracy has been the cornerstone of many studies of French medieval history, but have often been viewed from a regionally or chronologically limited perspective. Moreover, the aristocracy has traditionally been characterised solely by its relationships to the Capetian monarchy, either as over-mighty vassals or as loyal centralisers. This round table discussion will move towards bringing together the themes explored across the preceding sessions (aristocracy and monarchy, aristocratic identity, and control) into a more nuanced and holistic view of the French aristocracy across the longue durée of the Capetian kingdom. By allowing scholars working on different regions, themes, and chronological periods to engage in conversations, reflections, and comparisons, it hopes to begin a larger conversation about the complex development, significance, and experience of the aristocracy of Capetian France.

Participants include Constance Brittain Bouchard (University of Akron, Ohio), Geoffrey Koziol (University of California, Berkeley), Daniel Power (Swansea University), and Alice Taylor (King’s College London).