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IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 1043: Borders that Bind, I: Power and Peripheries in the Later Medieval Holy Roman Empire

Wednesday 8 July 2020, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:Regesta Imperii
Organisers:Duncan Hardy, Jesus College, University of Oxford
Ben Pope, John Rylands Research Institute, University of Manchester
Lisa Rolston, Department of History University of Canterbury Christchurch
Moderator/Chair:Ben Pope, John Rylands Research Institute, University of Manchester
Paper 1043-aNothing but Letters?: Effects and Effectiveness of Increased Written Communication in the Reign of Emperor Frederick III, 1440-1493
(Language: English)
Steffen Krieb, Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Literatur Mainz
Index terms: Administration, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 1043-bBreaching Borders: Late Medieval Responses Regarding Threats to Territorial Sovereignty
(Language: English)
Brian-Timmy Erbe, Historisches Institut Universit├Ąt des Saarlandes
Index terms: Local History, Military History, Politics and Diplomacy

The Holy Roman Empire of the later Middle Ages witnessed a proliferation of borders and boundaries, as delimited and sometimes enclosed communities and institutions combined and coexisted with highly decentralized and fragmented political authority. But many of these boundaries went hand-in-hand with intensified 'cross-border' connections. This session will explore connections between the imperial centre and its periphery, and between cities and towns in peripheral regions of the Empire. It focuses on how power was both exercised and understood as a result of these cross-border connections.