TitleBorders on Land and Sea
Date/TimeWednesday 6 July 2022: 16.30-18.00
OrganiserIMC Programming Committee
Moderator/ChairThomas Heebøll-Holm, Centre for Medieval Literature, Syddansk Universitet, Odense
Paper 1326-a County Boundaries, an Exercise in Hercology: The Shiring of the Devon / Dumnonian, Dorset / Wessex Border Presented in Aldhelm's Carmen rhythmicum
(Language: English)
Katherine Barker, Department of Archaeology & Anthropology, Bournemouth University
Index Terms: Administration; Archaeology - Sites; Ecclesiastical History; Geography and Settlement Studies
Paper 1326-b Fading Borders: The Integration of the Dalmatian Towns under King Louis I of Hungary
(Language: English)
Judit Gál, Institute of History, Eötvös Loránd Research Network, Budapest
Index Terms: Administration; Economics - Urban; Politics and Diplomacy; Social History
Paper 1326-c The Perception of Maritime Borders in Late Medieval England: Coastal Defence and National Security during the Hundred Years War
(Language: English)
Jiazhu Hu, Department of History / Institute of Ocean Research, Peking University
Index Terms: Maritime and Naval Studies; Politics and Diplomacy
AbstractPaper -a:
The 'bardic-style' declaration by Aldhelm, first West Saxon bishop of Sherborne, of his surviving a violent storm in the making of a border with the British kingdom of Dumnonia, (IMC 2021 paper) later confirmed by the charters of AD 774/938 'runs with' the coastal Devon/Dorset boundary of today - a distinctive double/bank/ditch cutting straight across the valley of the River Lim. And which prompted the 'launch' of the Dorset County Boundary Survey, an interdisciplinary field exercise which has put in place a systematic boundary recording methodology, one with a wide potential. An exercise in 'linear landscape history' of 'hercology,' 'the study of borders', a term coined (and published) by the speaker. The boundary today presents a thought-provoking, hitherto unnoticed, unacknowledged patchwork of field evidence, not least the 'shire-designated' lengths and 'gate' names at points-of-entry bringing to mind the vectigalia, the old Roman road tax referred to by Aldhelm. The Dorset shire, ('county' to the Normans) may, in short, find its origins in the pre-Saxon, British world of the 'Dornsaete.'

Paper -b:
While the Dalmatian towns were under Hungarian rule in the 12th and 13th centuries, the towns weren't integrated into the kingdom, and they weren't integrated with the Croatian hinterland. The integration of the Dalmatian towns can be connected to the reign of King Louis I of Hungary in the second half of the 14th century. In my presentation I will examine the methodology of royal exercise of power in Dalmatia on the example of Zadar, to analyse how King Louis I intended to fade the borders between the towns, the Croatian hinterland, and the Kingdom of Hungary.

Paper -c:
According to John of Gaunt's metaphor in the Shakespearean play of Richard II, the sea surrounding the English realm served as a moat protecting a castle. Did medieval English society in real history share the same view? This paper intends to explore how the high seas and coasts were perceived as borderlands between England and continental nations, especially during the time of the Hundred Years War. It also seeks to examine how medieval English coastal towns identified and represented their strategic role to national security, and how medieval England's maritime policies changed in the course of the war.