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IMC 2023: Sessions

Session 724: Loyalty in the Middle Ages: A Round Table Discussion

Tuesday 4 July 2023, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Haskins Society / Battle Conference on Anglo-Norman Studies
Organiser:Chris Lewis, Institute of Historical Research, University of London / Department of History, King's College London
Moderator/Chair:Alice Taylor, Department of History, King's College London

The round table discussion links four sessions organised by Hannah Boston on Loyalty as Networks and three by Chris Lewis on Loyalty as Entanglements. Loyalty is surprisingly neglected as a topic in its own right, given that so many historians write about the particular loyalties of men and their lords, or subjects and their kings. There are other ways of using loyalty as a way of understanding human behaviour and human emotions in the Middle Ages: loyalty to family members, ancestors, the recently dead, monastic communities, saints, places, ideals, and many other things. Several of these aspects will have been explored in the sessions. The round table discussion will bring together participants in all the sessions and others interested in thinking about loyalty in new ways.

Participants include Hannah Boston (University of Lincoln), Chris Lewis (University of London), and Emily Winkler (University of Oxford).