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IMC 2023: Sessions

Session 533: Personal and Political Networks in Late Medieval France, c. 1200-c. 1500, I: Royal and Anti-Royal Networks

Tuesday 4 July 2023, 09.00-10.30

Organisers:Katharine Bennett, Department of History, University of York
Nathan Meades, St Andrews Institute of Mediaeval Studies, University of St Andrews
Moderator/Chair:Justine Firnhaber-Baker, St Andrews Institute of Mediaeval Studies, University of St Andrews
Paper 533-aNetworks of Wisdom: Giles of Rome's De Regimine Principum at the Court of the Capetian Kings
(Language: English)
Susie Heywood, Department of History King's College London
Index terms: Political Thought, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 533-bEntangled in Flames: The Failure of Charles VI's Personal and Political Network to Uphold Royal Dignity at the Ball of the Burning Men
(Language: English)
Victoria Barlow, Independent Scholar, High Wycombe
Index terms: Language and Literature - French or Occitan, Performance Arts - General, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 533-cThe 'Praguerie' Rising of 1440 and Rebellious Networks in Valois France
(Language: English)
Andrew Green, Department of History, Durham University
Index terms: Military History, Political Thought, Politics and Diplomacy

This strand seeks to consider how political networks were constructed, represented, maintained, and contested in late-medieval France (c.1200-c.1500). This period is often depicted as one of consolidation, centralisation, and the emergence of the modern French 'state', but recent work highlights the important interplay of complex networks of political actors and interests in formulating 'politics' across the span of the regnum Francie. We aim to consider the integral role played by these forces, and the personal and political networks within which they were enmeshed, in both reinforcing and challenging the practices and processes of politics, broadly defined, in late medieval France.