IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 1115: An Ever-Growing Relationship: Diplomatic Practice, Increase of Circulation, and Fluidity of Borders - The Portuguese Medieval Example

Wednesday 8 July 2020, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Instituto de Estudos Medievais (IEM), Universidade Nova de Lisboa
Organiser:Paulo Catarino Lopes, Instituto de Estudos Medievais / Centro de História d’Aquém e d’Além-Mar, Universidade Nova de Lisboa
Moderator/Chair:Mário Farelo, Instituto de Estudos Medievais, Universidade Nova de Lisboa / Centro de Estudos de História Religiosa, Universidade Católica Portuguesa
Paper 1115-aCrossing the Borders of Negotiation: Diplomatic Travel between Portugal and Aragon, 1300-1304
(Language: English)
Diana Martins, Instituto de Estudos Medievais Universidade Nova de Lisboa
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 1115-bDiplomatic Travel as a Decisive Instrument for Legitimising and Affirming the Avis Dynasty
(Language: English)
Paulo Catarino Lopes, Instituto de Estudos Medievais / Centro de História d’Aquém e d’Além-Mar, Universidade Nova de Lisboa
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 1115-cTeasing out the Fringes: Territory and Expansion in Late Medieval Portugal
(Language: English)
Tiago Viúla de Faria, Instituto de Estudos Medievais, Universidade Nova de Lisboa
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Politics and Diplomacy
Abstract

The relationship between borders, diplomatic relations, and travel practice was close throughout the late Middle Ages. However, in the case of the Kingdom of Portugal it gained exceptional contours as the ‘medieval’ period drew to a close, contributing very positively to demonstrate that the society of that time was not stagnant or closed on itself. Rather, it witnessed the intense circulation of people, objects, models, and ideas, particularly at the level of the political framework and international relations, outside and within Christianity. Indeed, the 14th and 15th centuries represented for this peripheral kingdom a new refocusing on the concept of the frontier, largely due to the role that diplomacy and travel enjoyed among rulers there since.