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IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 343: Reassessing the Boundaries of Kinship in the Late Middle Ages, III: Making and Describing Family Boundaries

Monday 6 July 2020, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:EU Marie Skłodowska-Curie Project (MSCA), 'Kinship, Alliance & Urban Space: The Genoese alberghi in the Late Middle Ages (c. 1150-c. 1450)' (GenALMA)
Organiser:Denise Bezzina, Centro interuniversitario di ricerca di storia del notariato (NOTARIORUM ITINERA), Università degli Studi di Genova
Moderator/Chair:Anna Rich-Abad, Department of History, University of Nottingham
Paper 343-aA Broken Kinship: The Case of the Fogliano of Reggio Emilia, 12th-14th Centuries
(Language: English)
Francesco Bozzi, Dipartimento di Studi Storici Università degli Studi di Milano
Index terms: Genealogy and Prosopography, Social History
Paper 343-bKinship and Family Ties in Power-Change Mechanisms in Egypt, 1250-1299
(Language: English)
Aliaksandr Filipau, Faculty of History Belarusian State University Minsk
Index terms: Islamic and Arabic Studies, Social History
Paper 343-cDescribing the Boundaries of Kinship in the Lombard Alps during the Late Middle Ages
(Language: English)
Marta Luigina Mangini, Dipartimento di Studi storici, Università degli Studi di Milano
Index terms: Manuscripts and Palaeography, Social History

Especially when considering the higher social echelons, sources enable us to chart various ways and means through which family boundaries were reconfigured (particularly in relation to political contingencies) and described. These aspects will be discussed by 1) following the vicissitudes of the Fogliano of Reggio Emilia - an aristocratic lineage which in the 14th century experienced bitter internal conflicts - in an attempt to understand how new 'borders' were raised within the kin group; 2) considering Mamluk Egypt, where over the span of five decades considerable shifts and changes can be observed in kin-centred mechanisms for gaining access to high-level posts, especially that of malik; 3) examining the oldest known family register (1307, Lombard Alps) describing an estate and its management, which throws light on the changes in the economic structure and the boundaries of a family's political horizon.