Session1123
TitleMedieval Communities, II: Communal Freedom(s) and Structures of Power
Date/TimeWednesday 13 July 2011: 11.15-12.45
 
OrganiserRegula Schmid Keeling, Historisches Institut, Universität Bern
 
Moderator/ChairMiriam Müller, Department of History, University of Birmingham
 
Paper 1123-a Nobility, Community, and the Frisian Freedom
(Language: English)
Paul Noomen, Fryske Akademy, Leeuwarden
Index Terms: Law; Politics and Diplomacy; Social History
Paper 1123-b Homage, Privileges, and the Construction of Power: An Exemplary Case Study in the German South-West
(Language: English)
Mathias Moosbrugger, Institut für Systematische Theologie, Universität Innsbruck
Index Terms: Law; Politics and Diplomacy; Social History
Paper 1123-c Strong Peasants, Weak Nobles: Dominions of Rural Communities in Eastern Switzerland
(Language: English)
Heinrich Speich, Ústav pomocných věd historických a archivnictví, Masarykova Univerzita, Brno
Index Terms: Politics and Diplomacy; Social History
Paper 1123-d Assuming Equality: Political Power and Social Dynamics in Medieval Alliances
(Language: English)
Regula Schmid Keeling, Historisches Institut, Universität Bern
Index Terms: Law; Politics and Diplomacy; Social History
 
AbstractThis session will explore structures of power within and between late medieval communities in regions typically associated with strong communal and weak feudal rule. The case studies developed in the four presentations share the common finding that such communities were hierarchical entities that strongly interacted with and were complimentary to feudal structures. These results modify traditional interpretations of strong local communities being relatively autonomous from the feudal world, and shed new insights upon the general characteristics of communal rule itself.