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IMC 2019: Sessions

Session 319: War, Peace, and Diplomacy, III: Material Diplomacy

Monday 1 July 2019, 16.30-18.00

Organiser:James Smith, Department of History, University of Nottingham
Moderator/Chair:Matthew McHaffie, Department of History, King's College London
Paper 319-aThe Life of a Diplomatic Gift: Anglo-Scottish Diplomacy in the 12th Century
(Language: English)
James Smith, Department of History, University of Nottingham
Index terms: Anthropology, Archaeology - Artefacts, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 319-bSerious Playthings: Cassiodorus and the Gifts to the Burgundians
(Language: English)
Sam Ottewill-Soulsby, Faculty of Classics, University of Cambridge
Index terms: Politics and Diplomacy, Science
Paper 319-cGifts and Material Tokens in Christian-Muslim Diplomacy in the Latin East
(Language: English)
Yvonne Friedman, Department of History, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat Gan
Index terms: Archaeology - Artefacts, Art History - Decorative Arts, Crusades, Politics and Diplomacy

The third session in the War, Peace, and Diplomacy stream will explore the role of objects. Gifts were a common feature of medieval diplomacy and can therefore provide insight into the international relations of a period from which relatively few written treaties have survived. This panel will explore three cases of medieval diplomatic gift giving that occurred in differing cultural, geographical, and temporal contexts. Investigation into these gifts will illuminate the relationships between the leaders who gave and received them. Additionally, since gift giving discussions often centre on universal social norms, these diverse examples will reveal how widespread these norms were in medieval diplomatic practice and whether any variation existed.