IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 1343: Borders that Bind, IV: Territories in the Later Medieval Holy Roman Empire

Wednesday 8 July 2020, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:Regesta Imperii
Organiser:Duncan Hardy, Jesus College, University of Oxford
Moderator/Chair:Luca Zenobi, Faculty of History, New College, University of Oxford
Paper 1343-a'Territorial' or 'Imperial'?: The Contested Boundaries of Law Courts' Jurisdiction in the 15th-Century Holy Roman Empire
(Language: English)
Duncan Hardy, Jesus College, University of Oxford
Index terms: Administration, Law, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 1343-bDeconstructing Landscapes: The Reconstruction of Nature for Political Identity around the Late Medieval Alps
(Language: English)
Li Parrent, Department of History & Classical Studies, McGill University
Index terms: Administration, Law, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 1343-cFluid Boundary or a Watershed Border?: The Case of the River Scheldt between Brabant and Flanders, c. 15th Century
(Language: English)
Arend Elias Oostindiër, Capaciteitsgroep Geschiedenis, Universiteit van Amsterdam
Index terms: Administration, Law, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 1343-dBorder Regions: Proxies of Nassau-Saarbrücken in the 15th Century
(Language: English)
Tobias Wagner, Historisches Institut Universität des Saarlandes
Index terms: Administration, Law, Politics and Diplomacy
Abstract

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 offers a series of case studies in the operation of territorial borders, and the social, political, cultural, and legal frameworks within which they were constructed and transgressed. In so doing, it will explore the complex, variable, and contingent conceptions and manifestations of ‘territoriality’ in Central Europe’s fragmented political landscape.