|Paper 1146-a||International Relations, Careers, and Migrations of the Borderland Inhabitants: A Prosopographical Study of Flemish Knights, 11th-13th Centuries|
Index terms: Charters and Diplomatics, Computing in Medieval Studies, Genealogy and Prosopography, Social History
Borderlands always offered not only the unique problems, but also the unique opportunities for their inhabitants – due to the intermediary character of the region and proximity of various foreign power centres. Proposed study aims at presenting such opportunities in the context of international relations, careers and migrations. Analyzed research group is constituted by the Flemish knights (11th-13th centuries), operating within the frames of France-German Kingdom-England ‘triangle’ and in the Levant (Crusaders). It will be investigated using prosopographical method, basing mainly on the charters (gathered with the ‘Diplomata Belgica’). Paper would be a valuable contribution to the comparative prosopographical studies on the other borderlands and non-borderlands inhabitants’ careers.
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