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On the Borders of the Realm: Aristocratic Culture and the Making of France, 1100-1300
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.

Participants include: Arnaud Baudin, Jillian M. Bjerke, Elizabeth A.R. Brown, Scott Bruce, Andrew J. Collings, Charlotte Crouch, Adam J. Davis, Theodore Evergates, Sean Field, M. Cecilia Gaposchkin, Lindy Grant, Heather E. Grossman, William Chester Jordan, Richard Keyser, Anne E. Lester, Amy Livingstone, Kimberly LoPrete, Christopher MacEvitt, Sara McDougall, Elizabeth Carson Pastan, Mark Gregory Pegg, Randall Todd Pippenger, Hollis Shaul, and Gabrielle Spiegel.

Sponsored by the Program in Medieval Studies and the Humanities Council, the Center for Collaborative History, the Department of French & Italian, the Department of Art & Archaeology, the Seeger Center for Hellenic Studies, the Committee for the Study of Late Antiquity, the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies, and the Department of Religion.

4/29 -- 1:30 pm - 5:30 pm
4/30 -- 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
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