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IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 1537: War, Peace, and Diplomacy, I: Altered Borders

Thursday 9 July 2020, 09.00-10.30

Organiser:James Smith, Department of History, University of Nottingham
Moderator/Chair:Ben Morris, School of History, Archaeology & Religion, Cardiff University
Paper 1537-aBorders versus Courts: Anglo-Scottish Diplomatic Sites, c. 927-1154
(Language: English)
James Smith, Department of History, University of Nottingham
Index terms: Geography and Settlement Studies, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 1537-bBorders in Treaties in the Latin East
(Language: English)
Yvonne Friedman, Department of History, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat Gan
Index terms: Crusades, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 1537-cAllegiances without Borders: Ducal and Royal Power in Normandy, c. 1066-1100
(Language: English)
Hannah Boston, Trinity College, University of Oxford
Index terms: Charters and Diplomatics, Law, Politics and Diplomacy

Borders are a major issue for scholars of medieval diplomacy, whose research invariably considers the space between different polities. Studies on borders frequently focus on theories developed by modern scholars, at the expense of primary evidence. These three papers will look at borders in three different medieval 'international' relationships. They will go beyond border theories, instead utilising primary sources, such as charters, chronicles, and peace treaties. Together they will discuss how borders were understood in the context of medieval diplomacy, as well as how political change affected them, and in what ways they were altered or contested.