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IMC 2023: Sessions

Session 633: Personal and Political Networks in Late Medieval France, c. 1200-c. 1500, II: Official and Diplomatic Networks in and around France

Tuesday 4 July 2023, 11.15-12.45

Organisers:Katharine Bennett, Department of History, University of York
Nathan Meades, St Andrews Institute of Mediaeval Studies, University of St Andrews
Moderator/Chairs:Katharine Bennett, Department of History, University of York
Claudia Wittig, Centre for Medieval Literature, Syddansk Universitet, Odense
Paper 633-aUp and Down, Side to Side: Fugitives and Officials along and across the Rhône, c. 1200-1400
(Language: English)
Charles Steinman, Department of History, Columbia University
Index terms: Administration, Politics and Diplomacy, Social History
Paper 633-b'Subaltern' Royal Officers as a Network of Intermediaries between 'Town' and 'Crown'?: The View from Lyon and Toulouse
(Language: English)
Nathan Meades, St Andrews Institute of Mediaeval Studies, University of St Andrews
Index terms: Administration, Genealogy and Prosopography, Local History, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 633-cNegotiating Diplomatic Networks in 13th-Century Champagne-Navarre
(Language: English)
Jillian Bjerke, Department of History, University of Colorado, Boulder
Index terms: Administration, Politics and Diplomacy
Abstract

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.