British Academy Research Network

Political culture in

norman and Angevin England


in Comparative Perspective



This project, which is hosted by the Department of History & Welsh History at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, and sponsored by the British Academy, seeks to explore the political culture of Norman and Angevin England within its broader European context. In particular, it aims to establish a comparative framework within which to trace differences as well as parallels in the way politics were conducted across the medieval West. To ensure an international perspective this project includes experts on medieval Scandinavian, German, French and Italian as well as Irish, Welsh and English history, and that of the crusader states.




'Political culture is understood to be the sum of ideas and assumptions, procedures (formal and informal), and processes, short term actions and long term objectives by which relations between communities, groupings and individuals are conducted and evaluated.'




Björn K. U. Weiler, University of Wales Aberystwyth


International Co-ordinator          

Christoph Egger, Universität Wien



William A. Aird, Cardiff University

Haki Antonsson, University of Bergen

Philippe Buc, Stanford University

Stephen Church, University of East Anglia

Deborah J. Gerish, Emporia State University

Piotr Gorecki, University of California, Riverside

Sarah Hamilton, University of Exeter

Kimberley A. LoPrete, National University of Ireland Galway

Huw Pryce, University of Wales Bangor

Frank Rexroth, Universität Göttingen

Len Scales, University of Durham

Klaus van Eickels, Universität des Saarlandes Saarbrücken

Nicholas Vincent, University of East Anglia




Colloquium, Aberystwyth (April 2003)

Colloquium, Bamberg (April 2004)

Colloquium, London (June 2004)

Colloquium, Durham (July 2005)



Other Activities

Conference, Representations of Power (July 2003)

Colloquium, Political Culture in Medieval Wales (November 2004)

Conference, Thirteenth-Century England 11 (September 2005)


Last updated:14 March  2005