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IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 839: Borders and the Norman World, IV: Spatial and Temporal Boundaries in Norman Sicily

Tuesday 7 July 2020, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:St Andrews Institute of Mediaeval Studies, University of St Andrews / Haskins Society / Battle Conference on Anglo-Norman Studies
Organiser:Aron Kecskes, School of History, University of St Andrews
Moderator/Chair:Andrew David Buck, School of History, Queen Mary University of London
Respondent:Mark Hagger, School of History, Welsh History & Archaeology, Bangor University
Paper 839-aThe World of Yesterday?: Surveying the Norman Conquests in 12th-Century Sicily
(Language: English)
John Aspinwall, Department of History, Lancaster University
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Historiography - Modern Scholarship, Mentalities
Paper 839-bIsland without Borders?: Historical and Archaeological Evidence for Norman Demarcation Practices in Western Sicily - The Case of Jāṭū and the Belice Valley
(Language: English)
Nicole Mölk, Institut für Archäologien, Universität Innsbruck
Index terms: Archaeology - Sites, Local History

Throughout the 11th and 12th centuries the Normans - 'that most unbridled People' - spread across Europe and the Mediterranean as conquerors, settlers, crusaders, and pilgrims. Borders, be they geographical, intellectual, diplomatic, legal, spiritual, or temporal, provide an especially arresting way of examining Norman activities and the lands in which they dwelt. It is the intention of this strand to consider these borders - creations, disruptions, and developments, and their roles, significance, and influence - to gain new-found insight into the Normans and their World. This session proposes to examine spatial and temporal boundaries in Norman Sicily.