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IMC 2023: Sessions

Session 324: Loyalty as Networks, II: Familial and Political Loyalties

Monday 3 July 2023, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:Haskins Society / Battle Conference on Anglo-Norman Studies
Organiser:Hannah Boston, Trinity College, University of Oxford
Moderator/Chair:Andrew Wareham, Department of Humanities, University of Roehampton, London
Paper 324-aGrappling with Literary Loyalty in 10th-Century Germany
(Language: English)
Chris Halsted, Corcoran Department of History, University of Virginia
Index terms: Law, Social History
Paper 324-bLoyalty and Loyalties in Early 11th-Century Norway
(Language: English)
Karl Christian Alvestad, Department of History, University of Winchester
Index terms: Language and Literature - Scandinavian, Politics and Diplomacy, Social History
Paper 324-c'Elle aymera et honourera les parens de son seigneur': Queens and Conflicting Loyalties in France and England, 13th-14th Centuries
(Language: English)
Louise Gay, Laboratoire Pléiade (EA 7338), Université Sorbonne Paris Nord
Index terms: Language and Literature - French or Occitan, Social History

This session will explore the boundaries of loyalty to one's family and kin. The early and central medieval period saw struggles played out across Europe as expanding royal power increasingly claimed its subjects' loyalty. Elite female marriage, too, could lead to a conflict in loyalty to one's natal kin and new marital family. How were the limits of loyalty to kin negotiated and understood? Under what circumstances could familial loyalty be overturned? These shifting loyalties will be explored in the context of the elites of Ottonian Germany, early 11th-century Norway, and 13th- and 14th-century English and French queens.