02 May 2018

CONFERENCE: Brussels Medieval Culture and War Conference – Power, Authority, and Normativity (Brussels, 24-26 May 2018)

(Source: CRHIDI)

Please find below the draft programme for the Brussels Medieval Culture and War Conference, which has several sessions that include legal historians.


An omnipresent phenomenon, war was a dominant social fact that impacted every aspect of society in the Middle Ages. Abandoning the so-called histoire-bataille that studied war on its own as an isolated succession of battles, studies have moved towards investigation of the reciprocal relationships between military conflicts and the economic, legal, political, religious, and social spheres in the Middle Ages.

After previous meetings held at the University of Leeds in 2016 and the University of Lisbon in 2017, the 2018 edition of the Medieval Culture and War Conference takes place at the Saint-Louis University, Brussels, and focuses on the theme of Power, Authority, and Normativity. Papers will discuss how medieval warfare, through the organisation, the techniques, and the discourses it mobilised, contributed to the shaping of power and power relationships, and how these power relations, in turn, could influence the adoption of certain forms of military organisation and techniques of warfare; how war related to the concept of authority; and how it was regulated by changing sets of rules over the period. How did power relationships, ideas about authority, and evolving norms have an impact on medieval warfare in theory and in practice? Papers from various theoretical and disciplinary backgrounds (military history, social and political history, legal history, art history, literary studies, gender studies, urban history) will be presented.


Thursday 24 May

09.30-10.00: Registration and welcome tea and coffee 
10.00-10.30: Introduction 
10.30-12.00: Session 1: War and Princely Power I  
Edward  Cavanagh  (University  of  Cambridge):  Conquest  for  the  Crown:  War,  Legal 
Personality, and the Royal Prerogative in English Constitutional Thought, 1066-1566 
Marie-Astrid Hugel (EHESS Paris/Ruprecht-Karls-Univeristät Heidelberg): Can we Define a 
King  without  War  or  a  Churchman  as  War  Leader?  The  Use  of  War  in  the  Priest-Kingly 
Representations through the Example of the Priest-King Melchisedech (14th-15th Centuries) 
Gilles Lecuppre  (Université  catholique de Louvain):  Exposing the Prince:  Brabant, Flanders 
and Hainault, 13th-early 15th c. 
12.00-13.00: Lunch 
13.00-14.30: Session 2: Representing the Ethics of Warfare 
Morgane  Bon  (Université  de  Lille):  Depicting  War  Violence  at  the  Time  of  the  Burgundian 
Wars through the Illuminations of the Diebold Schilling the Elder chronicle (1474-1477) 
Pierre  Courroux  (British  Academy,  University  of  Southampton):  The  Imaginary  Battles  in 
Medieval Chronicles: Ideal Fights and Typological Thought 
Trevor  Russell  Smith  (University  of  Leeds):  Rhetoric  of  Violence  and  Suffering  in  English 
Historical Literature, 1327–1377 
14.30-14.45: Coffee Break 
14.45-16.15: Session 3: Military Organisation, Recruitment, and Political Structures   
Marco  Fasolio  (Università  del  Piemonte  Orientale):  Applying  the  anachronism.  Theodore  I 
Palaiologos of Montferrat and warfare between theory and practice 
Kristjan Oad (Tallinn University): Crusades to the Eastern Baltic – A War of Conquest? 
Malte  Prietzel  (Universität  Paderborn):  Political  Deficiencies  and  Military  Disasters.  The 
Holy Roman Empire and the Hussite Wars, 1419-1434 
16.15-16.30: Coffee Break 
16.30-17.30:  Keynote  1:  Justine  Firnhaber-Baker  (University  of  St  Andrews):  Seigneurial 
Wars and Peasant Revolts: What’s in a Name? 
18.30-19.30: Visit of Brussels’ Town Hall and Market Square (Grand-place)

Friday, 25 May

9.30-11.00:  Session  4a:  Constructing  Spatial Power through War 
Sander Govaerts (University of Amsterdam): An  Ecological  Perspective  on  Medieval Warfare:  the  Meuse  Region  in  the  Late Middle Ages 
João  Nisa  (Universidade  de  Coimbra): Rethinking  the  Space:  the  Military Organisation  of  the  Comarca  of  Entre  Tejo e Odiana (Portugal) in the 14th  century
Cornel-Peter  Rodenbusch  (Universitat  de Barcelona/Eberhard  Karls  Universität Tübingen):  Estates  without  Gates  –  Violent Appropriation  in  tje  Catalan  High  Middle Ages 
9.30-11.00: Session 4b: Authority, Power, and Tactical Organisation 
Julien  De  Palma  (Université  de  Lille):  The Medieval Flag: Organization, Communication and Control in the Armies of Philip the Good and Charles the Bold dukes of Burgundy 
Alan  V.  Murray  (University  of  Leeds):  The Problem  of  the  Schiltrom:  Scottish  Infantry Tactics  from  Falkirk  (1298)  to  Bannockburn (1314) 
Elise  Cardoso  (Universidade  de  Coimbra): The  Military  Logistics  of  Royal  Armies  in Portugal during the 15th century
11.00-11.15: Coffee Break 
11.15-12.45:  Session  5a:  Developing Portuguese  Overseas  Power  through Warfare 
António  Martins  Costa  (Universidade  de Coimbra)  &  Inês  Meira  Araújo (Universidade  de  Lisboa):  Riding  the  Waves to Raid the Shores. Amphibian Operations in the  Portuguese  Conquests  in  the  Maghreb (1415-1513) 
Margarida Garcez Ventura (Universidade de Lisboa):  Diplomacy,  War,  and  Power. Military-Diplomatic  Outlines  of  the Portuguese defeat in Tangier (1437-1472) 
José  Varandas  (Universidade  de  Lisboa): Medieval  naval  operations  to  the  Canary Islands  (14th–  15thcenturies).  Portugal, Castile,  and  Genoa  at  War  in  the  Atlantic Ocean 
11.15-12.45: Session 5b: Power Relationships and the Finances of Warfare 
Roberto Biolzi (Université de Lausanne): The Rise  and  Fall  of  Savoy:  an  Analysis  through the Military Accounts (13th-15th c.) 
Laura  Miquel  Milian  (Institucio  Milà  i Fontanals  -  Consejo  Superior  de Investigaciones  Científicas):  Against  Enemies and Rebels: Encouraging Loyalty in Barcelona during the Catalan Civil War 
Alessandro  Silvestri  (Trinity  College Dublin):  The  Consequences  of  War.  The Sicilian  Contribution  to  Financing  the Aragonese  Wars  in  Italy  under  Alfonso  the Magnanimous (1416-1458) 
12.45-13.45: Lunch 
13.45_14.45:  Keynote 2:  Bertrand  Schnerb  (Université  de  Lille):  War  and  Education  in  Late Medieval Burgundy 
14.45_18.00:  Visit of Brussels’ medieval  town  walls and arms and armour collection  at  the Porte de Hal 

Saturday 26 May

9.30-­‐‑11.00:  Session  6:  War  and  Princely  Power  II    
Ana  de  Fátima  Correia  (Universidade  de  Coimbra):  Gender,  War  and  Narratives:  the  case  of  Emma  “Ælgifu”  of  Normandy  (c.990-­‐‑1052)  
Irena Berovic (Heinrich-­‐‑Heine-­‐‑Universität    Düsseldorf):    The    Power    and    Authority    of    the  Cannibal  King:  Otherness  in  the  Middle  English  Richard  Coeur  de  Lyon  
Michael  Depreter  (British  Academy,  University  of  Oxford)  &  Jonathan  Dumont  (Université  de   Liège):   Gunpowder   Artillery,   Political   Imagery,   and   Princely   Power   in   France   and   the  Burgundian  Low  Countries  (ca.  1450-­‐‑1515)  
11.00-­‐‑11.15:  Coffee  Break  
11.15-­‐‑12.45:  Session  7:  Regulating  the  Soldier’s  Violence    
Jonathan  Bloch  (Université  catholique  de  Louvain):  Military  Institutional  Anarchy  yet  Social  and  Anthropological  Constraint:  Waging  War  for  the  French  Crown  between  1418  and  1445  
Jacques    Péricard    (Université    de    Limoges):    Shaping    of   Power    during    the    9th    and    10th  Centuries.  Military  Activity  According  to  the  Glosses  
Quentin  Verreycken  (Université  catholique  de  Louvain  /  Université  Saint-­‐‑Louis  –  Bruxelles):  Violence  and  Returning  Soldiers  in  Fifteenth-­‐‑Century  France  and  the  Low  Countries  
12.45-­‐‑13.45:  Lunch    
13.45-­‐‑15.15:  Session  8:  Justifying  War  and  Warfare    
Marilia    Lykaki    (University    of   Athens   /    École    Pratique    des    Hautes    Études,    Paris):    The  Byzantine   Warfare   Ideology   as   Illustrated   in   Military   Treatises   and   Legislation   Texts   (6th   –  11th  c.)  
Georgios  Theotokis  (University  of  Athens):  Transcultural  Warfare  in  the  Mediterranean:  the  Case  of  Italy  in  the  Eleventh  Century    
James   Titterton  (University   of   Leeds):   Beyond   the   Pale:   Abnormal   Tactics  among   the   Welsh  and  Irish  in  Gerald  of  Wales  
15.15-­‐‑15.30:  Coffee  Break  
15.30-­‐‑16.00:  Conclusions  

More information on the website of the organisers

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