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nternational Medieval Congress

Conflict and Integration: Crossing Medieval Borders |
nternational Medieval Congress


Leeds, UK
Organisation: Dr Elisa Ramazzina (University of Oxford and Queen’s University Belfast); Professor Karen Pinto
Borders are difficult to define, yet they have tangible resonance at various levels. Their function is ambivalent as they allow both alienation and integration. In the Middle Ages the situation was even more intricate, so much so that there are scholars who even deny the existence of boundaries in this era. Nevertheless, the role of borders in shaping particular critical events, such as political-religious conflict, the development of national kingship and the spreading of disease, is undeniable. It is also evident how these events have, in turn shaped or modified such borders.
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