Conference: On The Border of the Realm: Aristocratic Culture and the Making of France, 1100-1300
April 29, 2022 · 211 Dickinson Hall or Zoom
The Program in Medieval Studies; Humanities Council; Center for Collaborative History; Department of French & Italian; Department of Art & Archaeology; Seeger Center for Hellenic Studies, the Committee for the Study of Late Antiquity; Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies; Department of Religion
04/29/2022 – 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm EST
04/30/2022 – 9:00 am – 6:00 pm EST
In-person attendance restricted to University ID holders and invited guests only. Open to the public on Zoom.
Between 1100 and 1300 medieval France underwent profound transformations. “On the Borders of the Realm” eschews the customary focus on Paris and the triumphalist narrative of the rise of the Capetian monarchy, to take up the history of medieval France from the perspective(s) of the principalities and regions which formed it and gave it definition from the outside in. This interdisciplinary conference brings together scholars from the US, the UK, and France to address aristocratic governance, rule in the Outremer, charity and the rise of local hospitals, memoires and the culture of the court, fief holding and administration. The lords, vassals, men and women, living in the principalities that surrounded the royal domain engaged with and contested the consolidation of Capetian authority in ways that reveal the complexity of power in practice and the importance of culture as an engine of social and political change.
Arnaud Baudin (Laboratoire de Médiévistique Occidentale de Paris (LAMOP-UMR 8589) and Archives et du Patrimoine de l’Aube), Jillian M. Bjerke (McDaniel College), Elizabeth A.R. Brown (Brooklyn College, City University of New York), Scott Bruce (Fordham University), Andrew J. Collings (Washington University in St. Louis), Charlotte Crouch (The National Archives, UK), Adam J. Davis (Denison University), Theodore Evergates (McDaniel College), Sean Field (University of Vermont), M. Cecilia Gaposchkin (Dartmouth College), Lindy Grant (University of Reading), Heather E. Grossman (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign), William Chester Jordan (Princeton University), Richard Keyser (University of Wisconsin, Madison), Anne E. Lester (Johns Hopkins University), Amy Livingstone (University of Lincoln), Kimberly LoPrete (National University of Ireland, Galway), Christopher MacEvitt (Dartmouth College), Sara McDougall (John Jay College, City University of New York), Elizabeth Carson Pastan (Emory University), Mark Gregory Pegg (Washington University in St. Louis), Randall Todd Pippenger (American Academy in Rome), Jochen Schenk (Glasgow University), Hollis Shaul (Independent Scholar), Gabrielle Spiegel (Johns Hopkins University)