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IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 1646: New Frontiers in Research on the Aristocracy in France in the Central Middle Ages, II: Aristocratic Networks

Thursday 9 July 2020, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Centre d’Études Supérieures de Civilisation Médiévale (CESCM - UMR 7302), Université de Poitiers
Organisers:Sarah Casano-Skaghammar, Centre d'Études Supérieures de Civilisation Médiévale (CESCM - UMR 7302) Université de Poitiers
Niall Ó Súilleabháin, Department of History, Trinity College Dublin
Moderator/Chair:Daniel Power, Centre for Medieval & Early Modern Research (MEMO), Swansea University
Paper 1646-aExposing Marital Strategies within 13th-Century Baronial Leagues: Marriage Contracts, Suretyship, and Aristocratic Networks
(Language: English)
Charlotte Crouch, Graduate Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Reading
Index terms: Charters and Diplomatics, Genealogy and Prosopography, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 1646-bDukes and Vassals: Reflections on the 'listes des vassaux' and the 'rôles d’hommages' of the Last Capetian Dukes of Burgundy
(Language: English)
David Bardey, Département d'Histoire, Université de Bourgogne-Franche-Comté
Index terms: Administration, Political Thought, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 1646-cThe Blésois Aristocracy and Its Borders as Seen through the Lens of the _'Registre des aveux de fiefs rendu au comte de Blois'
(Language: English)
Jérôme Limorté, Faculté des Lettres Sorbonne Université Paris
Index terms: Administration, Archives and Sources, Local History, Social History

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 to one another in Central France. Charlotte Crouch will consider how marriage contracts can expose marital strategies and networks within 13th-century baronial leagues, David Bardey will use the archives of the Burgundian dukes to illuminate their social and political networks and Jérôme Limorté will explore the geographical and social contours of the county of Blois at the beginning of the 14th century.