Leeds International Medieval Congress

All network members and associates will be proud to present and discuss their findings from the last two years at Leeds International Medieval Congress on Tuesday 2nd July, when we are hosting four linked sessions, all under the banner of “Noblesse oblige?: Intermediate Élites and the Common Good in Medieval Afro-Eurasia”.


0900-1030, Session 509

509-a – Wolves or Sheepdogs?: Politico-Military Élites in Medieval al Andalus and the Maghrib
Amira K. Bennison, University of Cambridge

509-b – Was There ‘Baronial’ Political Language?: The Example of the Saint-Victor Register
Alice Taylor, King’s College London

509-c – Benevolent Élites?: The Agency of Virtuous Government in Ancient and Medieval Japan
Mickey Adolphson, University of Cambridge

1115-1245, Session 609

609-a – The Rich, The Poor, and The State: Ideas of Good Government in Mid-Imperial China
Sukhee Lee, Rutgers University, New Jersey

609-b – From Magna Carta to the Montfortian Revolution: Rethinking English Barons and the Common Good through the ‘Noblesse oblige?’ Network
Sophie Ambler, Lancaster University

609-c – Intermediate Elites and the Common Good in the Medieval Pacific
Maximilian Lau, University of Oxford

1415-1545, Session 709

709-a – The Maliks of Hindustan and the Indo-Islamic Frontier, c. 1200
Abhishek Kaicker, University of California, Berkeley and Hasan Siddiqui, University of British Columbia

709-b – Intermediate Elites and Ordos Plateau Soil Erosion: Environmental Impacts of Medieval Colonialism and Enclosure on an Asian Monsoon Shatterzone
Ruth Mostern, University of Pittsburgh

709-c – Whose Good?: Intermediate Élites and the Evolution of Mongol Suzerainty in Rus’
Angus Russell, University of Cambridge

1630-1800, Session 809

809-a – Seconds in Command?: Delegated Authority and Duration in High Medieval Conquest Narratives
Emily A. Winkler, University of Oxford

809-b – Y-a-t-il des spécificités qui distinguent les élites de l’Empire romain d’Orient?
Jean-Claude Cheynet, Sorbonne Université, Paris

809-c – The Establishment and Maintenance of Burid Power in Damascus during the Reign of Tughtegin, 1104-1128
Alexander Mallett, Waseda University, Tokyo

A link to the full IMC programme can be found at, and the exact location of the session will be released shortly, though these papers will also be available to view online as long as you register for the conference via

These papers will be presented to the wider academic community for feedback before they are written up for our volume. We would like to thank our many colleagues and supporters for their help thus far, and look forward to seeing many of them in Leeds.

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