Places of Contested Power
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17th July 2020

402 Pages

23.4 x 15.6 cm

4 colour. 10 b/w. 18 line. Illustrations

Imprint: Boydell Press

Places of Contested Power

Conflict and Rebellion in England and France, 830-1150

by Ryan Lavelle

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First full examination of why and how certain locations were chosen for opposition to power, and the meaning they conveyed.
The direct contestation of power played a crucial role in early medieval politics. Such actions, often expressed through violence, reveal much about established authorities, power and lordship.
Here the hitherto neglected role of place and landscape in acts of opposition and rebellion is explored for its meaning and significance to the protagonists. The book includes consideration of a range of factors relevant to the choice of location for such events, and examines the declarations and motivations of political actors, from disaffected princes to independently minded nobles, as well as those who responded to rebellion, to show how places and landscapes became used in political disputes. These include both "public" and "private", religious, urban and rural space. Covering a long period in England and northern France, from the late Carolingian period through to the emergence of cross-Channel polities inthe aftermath of the Norman Conquest, this book casts valuable light on the political relations of the early and central Middle Ages.

RYAN LAVELLE is Professor of Early Medieval History in the Department of History atthe University of Winchester.
Introduction: Lairs and Ramparts of Earthly Pride
Reading Conflict: Varieties of Opposition and Rebellion
Geography, Topography, and Power
Contesting Authority in 'Public' Space
Expressing and Resisting Lordship: Land, Residence, and Rebellion
The Wind, Rain and Storm May Enter but the King Cannot: Fortresses and Aristocratic Opposition
Unrest in the Urbs
Sacred Places and Profane Actions
Moving and Acting: Across Landscapes and Badlands to Battlefields
Conclusion

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Title Details

17th July 2020

402 Pages

2.34 x 1.56 cm

4 colour. 10 b/w. 18 line. Illustrations

Imprint: Boydell Press