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IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 1546: New Frontiers in Research on the Aristocracy in France in the Central Middle Ages, I: Capetians and Aristocrats

Thursday 9 July 2020, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:Centre d’Études Supérieures de Civilisation Médiévale (CESCM - UMR 7302), Université de Poitiers
Organisers:Charlotte Crouch, Graduate Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Reading
Niall Ó Súilleabháin, Department of History, Trinity College Dublin
Moderator/Chair:Robert F. Berkhofer, Department of History, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo
Paper 1546-aKeeping up with the Capetians: The Sword of the Duchy in the Chronique de Normandie
(Language: English)
Alex Hurlow, Department of History, University of Manchester
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Language and Literature - French or Occitan, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Paper 1546-bTraverser les frontières sociales: Les nouveaux hommes du roi de France et leur évolution au cours du XIIe et XIIIe siècles
(Language: Français)
Sarah Casano-Skaghammar, Centre d'Études Supérieures de Civilisation Médiévale (CESCM - UMR 7302) Université de Poitiers
Index terms: Genealogy and Prosopography, Social History
Paper 1546-c‘Take the holy sword as a gift from God': Tales of Holy War and France as a ‘New Israel’ in the 13th Century
(Language: English)
Louis Pulford, School of History, University of East Anglia
Index terms: Crusades, Historiography - Medieval, Historiography - Modern Scholarship

Aristocrats have long been a staple of medieval history, investigated not only for their important role in politics, but also for their centrality to the study of religious, cultural, and social history. The Capetian aristocracy is, however, often considered within strict chronological, regional, or disciplinary boundaries. This session seeks to traverse these boundaries by bringing together papers re-examining French aristocrats and their relationships with the Capetian Monarchy in the 12th and 13th centuries. Alexander Hurlow will explore the tensions expressed in memories of ducal investiture in Normandy after the Capetian Conquest, Sarah Casano-Skaghammar will trace the rise and fall of the Lords of Nemours as royal courtiers and Louis Pulford will investigate the role played by the aristocracy in the promotion of Capetian France as a new Israel.