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IMC 2023: Sessions

Session 1130: Entangled Nobilities and Genealogical Networks

Wednesday 5 July 2023, 11.15-12.45

Moderator/Chair:David Green, Centre for British Studies, Harlaxton College, University of Evansville
Paper 1130-aGrowing Strong: Depicting the Nobility in Mid-15th-Century Royal Genealogical Chronicles
(Language: English)
Catherine Gower, Faculty of Arts & Humanities, Nottingham Trent University
Index terms: Genealogy and Prosopography, Language and Literature - Latin, Manuscripts and Palaeography, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 1130-bVendetta within a Noble Network: Reactions after the Trinci Murder
(Language: English)
Zoltán Szolnoki, Department of History, Móra Ferenc Museum, Szeged
Index terms: Military History, Political Thought, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 1130-cPeasants Fostering Knights: The Entanglement of Noble Lineages and Peasant Families in Northern Portugal through the Nurturing Practice of Amádigo
(Language: English)
Gonçalo Palmeira, Instituto de Estudos Medievais (IEM), Universidade Nova de Lisboa
Index terms: Genealogy and Prosopography, Social History

Paper -a:
In the late 1450s, amid increasing political tensions between the Lancastrian court and Yorkist opponents, a new royal genealogical chronicle was commissioned and produced. The Roger of St Albans genealogy provided an unusual depiction of the English nobility as a familial network: an entangled, but united whole. Little previous work has been undertaken to study this particular genealogical chronicle within its immediate historical context, but the chronicle, as this paper will discuss, is revealing of attempts to reconcile factions before the outbreak of the first War of the Roses in 1459.

Paper -b:
Niccolò and Bartolomeo Trinci were killed in 1421 by Pedro de Argillaia Castellano, in the fortress of Nocera, which was their property. The third brother Corrado Trinci and his allied troops immediately moved to Nocera. Braccio da Montone, signore of Perugia participated in the campaign, recaptured Nocera and the conspirators died. In that time the ruler of Lucca, Paolo Guinigi started to form a network with the Umbrian signori. They built marriage relations with the Varani of Camerino and the Trinci. I examine the Tuscan and Umbrian chronicles to conclude the reactions about the murder within this noble network.

Paper -c:
During the 13th century, in Northern Portugal, it was common for noble infants to be brought up by peasants, according to the nurturing custom known as amádigo. The nobility found in this practice a way to strengthen its influence over the peasantry and territory: at the same time, peasants benefited from amádigo as it involved a withdrawal from the king's lordship and thus from the tributes owed to the crown. Naturally, this custom came to be carefully recorded in a series of royal surveys commissioned by Portuguese monarchs. This paper aims to explore the networks established between the noble lineages of Northern Portugal and the peasantry with which they associated through the practice of amádigo.