TitleLoyalty in the Central Middle Ages, III: The Languages of Loyalty - A Round Table Discussion
Date/TimeTuesday 5 July 2022: 19.00-20.00
SponsorHaskins Society / Battle Conference on Anglo-Norman Studies
OrganiserChris Lewis, Institute of Historical Research, University of London
Moderator/ChairChris Lewis, Institute of Historical Research, University of London
AbstractTwo sessions seek to establish the utility of taking a broad definition of loyalty in the Central Middle Ages. Loyalty covers more than the bonds of men and lords, and subjects and rulers. It can be seen as working up, down, and across social ranks and can encompass group loyalties as well as other forms of dyadic loyalty. Medieval people had loyalties to social groups and kindreds as well as to individuals, and to places and institutions as well as to people, living and dead. The round table discussion will focus on the languages of loyalty, on the words used in Latin and the vernacular to convey feelings and acts of loyalty, and on the discourses of loyalty.

Participants include William Aird (University of Edinburgh), Mark Atherton (University of Oxford), Mia Münster-Swendsen (Roskilde Universitet), and Emily A. Winkler (University of Oxford).