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IMC 2023: Sessions

Session 624: Loyalty as Networks, IV: Loyalty and Identity

Tuesday 4 July 2023, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Haskins Society / Battle Conference on Anglo-Norman Studies
Organiser:Hannah Boston, Trinity College, University of Oxford
Moderator/Chair:Chris Lewis, Institute of Historical Research, University of London / Department of History, King's College London
Paper 624-aCreating South-Western Loyalties in the Kingdoms of the 'West Saxons', the 'Anglo-Saxons', and 'England'
(Language: English)
Ryan Lavelle, Department of History, University of Winchester
Index terms: Law, Social History
Paper 624-bLoyalty to the System?: Exile and Return in Pre-Conquest England
(Language: English)
Mary Blanchard, Department of History, Ave Maria University, Florida
Index terms: Law, Social History
Paper 624-cLoyal Kings: The Duty 'to be lyke to thy progenytours'
(Language: English)
Eleanor Bailey, Department of History, University of Sheffield
Index terms: Law, Social History

This session explores the relationship between loyalty and identity in medieval society. How far did loyalty shape the ways in which people perceived themselves and their position in society? What, in turn, shaped these loyalties - blood relationship, locality, administration, a sense of a shared (or claimed) past? How did rulers and others draw on these ideas to shape political action? The session addresses these questions across time and space: West Saxon burhs, 10th-century exiles from England, and the Anglo-French monarchy of the late 14th to 15th centuries.