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
|Centre d’Études Supérieures de Civilisation Médiévale (CESCM - UMR 7302), Université de Poitiers
|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
|Daniel Power, Centre for Medieval & Early Modern Research (MEMO), Swansea University
|Exposing Marital Strategies within 13th-Century Baronial Leagues: Marriage Contracts, Suretyship, and Aristocratic Networks
Index terms: Charters and Diplomatics, Genealogy and Prosopography, Politics and Diplomacy
|Dukes and Vassals: Reflections on the 'listes des vassaux' and the 'rôles d’hommages' of the Last Capetian Dukes of Burgundy
Index terms: Administration, Political Thought, Politics and Diplomacy
|The Blésois Aristocracy and Its Borders as Seen through the Lens of the _'Registre des aveux de fiefs rendu au comte de Blois'
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.