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IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 721: Frontier Zones in the Mediterranean, III: Italy and the North

Tuesday 7 July 2020, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Italy in Late Antiquity & the Early Middle Ages (ILAEMA), Amsterdam University Press
Organiser:Christopher Heath, Department of History, Politics & Philosophy, Manchester Metropolitan University
Moderator/Chair:Clemens Gantner, Institut für Mittelalterforschung, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien
Paper 721-aMarshes and Society: The Role of the Delta and the Lagoon Areas in Defining Northern Italian Frontiers
(Language: English)
Marco Panato, Department of History, University of Nottingham
Index terms: Archaeology - Sites, Charters and Diplomatics, Maritime and Naval Studies, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 721-bBorders and Defence of the Regnum Italiae: The Case of the Comitatus Leuci
(Language: English)
Andrea Mariani, Centro de Investigação Transdisciplinar 'Cultura, Espaço e Memória' (CITCEM) / Faculdade de Letras, Universidade do Porto
Index terms: Archaeology - Sites, Local History, Military History, Technology
Paper 721-cBorders of Power: Provence and Italy under the Rule of King Hugh, 926-947
(Language: English)
Giacomo Vignodelli, Dipartimento di Storia Culture Civiltà, Università di Bologna
Index terms: Administration, Charters and Diplomatics, Historiography - Medieval, Politics and Diplomacy

This is the final session of the two strands dealing with frontiers in Italy and the Mediterranean. The papers collated in this session consider three specific case studies of the operation of frontiers and the challenges these brought to regnal and sub-regnal power and elite networks. Marco Panato frames his discussion of the role of the delta and the lagoon with reference to local communities on the ground. He highlights that contacts outside these frontier zones served to define borderlands, hinterlands, and community cohesion. Secondly, Andrea Mariani analyses the contexts over the longue durée of the comitatus Leuci who controlled one crucial area adjacent to the Lago di Como and the river Adda. Finally, Giacomo Vignodelli will examine the relations between Provence and Italy during the Italian reign of King Hugh 'of Arles', investigating the features and limitations of his cross-border authority.