IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 926: To Italy... and Beyond: Borders as Markers of Space, Culture, and Identity in the Italian Peninsula and Its Near Neighbours, III - A Round Table Discussion

Tuesday 7 July 2020, 19.00-20.00

Sponsor:School of History, University College Dublin / St Andrews Institute of Mediaeval Studies, University of St Andrews / Institute for Medieval Research, University of Nottingham
Organiser:Edward Coleman, Department of History,
Moderator/Chair:Edward Coleman, Department of History,

Metternich’s famous maxim that Italy was merely a ‘geographical expression’ was never more true than in the Middle Ages. The political geography of medieval Italy was a kaleidoscope of territories and states; the peninsula was linguistically diverse; it had a number of differing legal and numismatic systems and faith communities; there was a very strong demarcation between urban and rural life. Yet, many of these apparent boundaries were in reality highly fluid and permeable, susceptible to the winds of political change and forces such as migration and acculturation. This round table provides an opportunity for further discussion of some of the themes addressed in the six panel papers presented under the same strand title, as well as other questions relevant to ‘Borders’ in medieval Italy.

Participants include Frances Andrews (University of St Andrews), Ross Balzaretti (University of Nottingham), Thomas Brown (University of Edinburgh), and Robert Houghton (University of Winchester).