Rebelllion in Medieval Europe

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June 21, 2019 to June 22, 2019
United Kingdom
Subject Fields: 
Medieval and Byzantine History / Studies, British History / Studies, European History / Studies, Political History / Studies

This conference will showcase the latest scholarly research on rebellion in medieval Europe, from c.1100 to c.1500.  Academic analysis of popular resistance in the middle ages has focused primarily on the causes and/or life-cycle of individual uprisings such as the Peasants’ Revolt of 1381, while a few studies have identified similarities between revolts at either a ‘national’ or local level. 

However, there has been little comparative analysis of political protest across ‘national’ borders and over time. The ‘Rebellion in Medieval Europe’ conference will therefore host a discussion between scholars working on different periods and ‘nations’/regions, encouraging pan-European comparisons of popular revolts and the identification of common themes and causational factors.

With papers by both emerging and established scholars drawn from across Europe, the US and Africa, several topics that will be explored include the theoretical justification for resistance against the crown , the roles played by differing sections of medieval society including aristocratic women and the peasantry, and how rebellion could on occasion even act as a force for political stability. There will also be two keynote addresses from Professor Björn Weiler of Aberystwyth University and Dr David Grummitt of Canterbury Christ Church University.

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We very much look forward to seeing you there!



Friday, 21 June

08:45: Registration

09:15: Opening Remarks and Welcome Address

09:30: Session 1

'Ousting the Enemy: Comital Rebellion and Community Support in the Medieval Earldom of Mar' (Katy Jack, National Trust for Scotland)

'Bonds, Rebellion and the Crown in Late Medieval Scotland' (Gordon McKelvie, University of Winchester)

'Rebellion and Regionality in Late Medieval Ireland: The "Great" Earl of Kildare, the Tudor Monarchy and the Irish Nobility' (Simon Egan, University of Glasgow)

10:45: Tea and Coffee Break

11:05: Session 2

'The "Reverend Father" and "Sons Belial": Remembering Rebellion in Fourteenth-Century Santiago de Compostela' (Burt Westermeier, Yale University)

'The Peasantry's Open and Latent Resistance before the Irmandiño Uprising' (José Sabatel, The National Distance Education University)

'The Remença Wars: Causes and Motivations' (Rosa Lluch-Bramon, University of Barcelona)

'Noble Rebellions and the Mobilisation of Resistance: Castile-Léon and Sweden, 1250-1350' (Kim Bergqvist, Stockholm University)

12:35: Lunch

13:30: Session 3

'The Tavastian Uprising as a Preliminary to the Second Swedish Crusade' (Eva Alabau Gragera, University of Barcelona)

'Royal Responses to Rebellion in England between Magna Carta and the Barons' War: A Diplomatic Perspective' (Lucy Hennings, University of Oxford)

'Revolting Scots: Rebels or National Enemy? English Perceptions of the Status of their Scottish Adversaries' (Andy King, University of Southampton)

14:45: Tea and Coffee Break

15:05: Session 4

'Extraordinarily Ordinary? The Role of Aristocratic Women in Rebellion' (Harriet Kersey, Canterbury Christ Church University)

'Great Crisis or Great Opportunity? Henry III, Prince Edmund and the Baronial Movement, 1258-1267' (Rod Billaud, Independant Scholar)

'Jews and Rebellion, 1264-1265' (Dean Irwin, Canterbury Christ Church University)

'"To the Woods and Fields" or the King of the Castle? The Rebellion of the Disinherited, 1265-1267' (Fergus Eskola-Oakes, Aberystwyth University)

16:35: Break

16:50: Keynote 1: 'How to Tame a King: Matthew Paris on the Election of King John' (Björn Weiler, Aberystwyth University)


Saturday, 22 June

09:00: Session 5

'Some Other Vespers? Towards a Framework for Examining Rebellion in Twelfth-Century Sicily' (Philippa Byrne, University of Oxford)

'Rebellions as a Factor of Stability: Venice at the Beginning of the Fourteenth Century' (Daniele Dibello, Ghent University)

'Loyalty or Parochialism? Factions in Revolt according to Domenico da Gravina' (Domenico Matteo Frisone, University of Teramo)

'The Impact of Diplomacy in an Infant's Rebellion, 1319-1324' (Diana Martins, Institute of Medieval Studies, New University of Lisbon)

10:30: Tea and Coffe Break

10:50: Keynote 2: 'A Rebellious People: Political Rebellion and the English in the Later Middle Ages' (David Grummitt, Canterbury Christ Church University)

12:00: Break

12:20: Session 6

'Motivated by Human Pride and Crushed by Divine Vengeance: Guibert of Nogent on God's Interventions in the Laon Uprising of 1112' (Kristin Doll, Northwestern University)

'Hostility Perception: The Theoretical Justification of Rebellion Against English Kings in Medieval Europe' (James Okolie-Osemene, University of Ibadan)

'Rebellion and Rural Communities: Evidence from Ruxley Hundred in North-West Kent' (Janet Clayton, Canterbury Christ Church University)

13:35: Closing Remarks

13:45: Lunch and Departure




Contact Info: 

Professor Louise Wilkinson, Dr Paul Dalton and Dr Adrian Jobson

Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury, Kent