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IMC 2023: Sessions

Session 524: Loyalty as Networks, III: Loyalty, Service, and Advice

Tuesday 4 July 2023, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:Haskins Society / Battle Conference on Anglo-Norman Studies
Organiser:Hannah Boston, Trinity College, University of Oxford
Moderator/Chair:Hannah Boston, Trinity College, University of Oxford
Paper 524-aBought Loyalty?: The Reeves of Æthelred II
(Language: English)
Chelsea Shields-Más, Department of History, University of York
Index terms: Administration, Law, Social History
Paper 524-bLand and Loyalty in Normandy and England, 1087-1135
(Language: English)
Alex Dymond, Corpus Christi College, University of Oxford
Index terms: Administration, Law, Social History
Paper 524-cThe Loyal Critic: Admonitio at the Courts of 12th-Century English and German Kings
(Language: English)
Ryan Kemp, Department of History & Welsh History, Aberystwyth University
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Law, Social History

This session addresses the role of loyalty in the relationship between rulers and their servants and advisors. How did a ruler secure loyalty from their servants? How important was the cultivation of personal ties, or loyalty to an institution? These questions will be explored through King Æthelred II's patronage of his reeves, and William Rufus and Robert Curthose's attempts to attract aristocratic service. Loyal service to a ruler was not just obedience, however. For bishops in the German and English royal courts in the C12th, loyalty could take the form of salutary counsel and criticism.