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Ghent University
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lordship, power, power-sharing, medieval history, France, Brittany, Languedoc, Normandy, reputation, state-building, gender, succession, comparative history, archives
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About Me

I am a medieval historian specializing in issues related to lordship and power in what is now France (especially in Brittany, Languedoc, and Normandy) during the period of the Hundred Years’ War.

My current postdoctoral work, funded by the Research Foundation – Flanders (FWO), focuses on comparative practices of co-lordship and aristocratic power-sharing. Basically, I am investigating why people with claims to power ended up sharing it, and to what extent they had to cooperate to make it all work.

To date, my publications have stemmed mainly from my research on princely power in fourteenth-century Brittany, where I have looked at questions of status and hierarchy, collaborative power, the inheritance and exercise of lordship by noblewomen, and the way leadership and reputation was portrayed in chronicles and history-writing.

I have extensive experience researching in national and regional archives across France, and have edited a variety of late medieval administrative and legal texts.

Recent Publications

Erika Graham-Goering, Princely Power in Late Medieval France: Jeanne de Penthièvre and the War for Brittany (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2020).

Erika Graham-Goering, “Authority, reputation, and the roles of Jeanne de Penthièvre in Book I of Froissart’s Chroniques,” Journal of Medieval History 45.1 (2019): 100–127.

Erika Graham-Goering, Michael Jones, and Bertrand Yeurc’h, eds., Aux origines de la guerre de succession de Bretagne: Documents (1341–1342) (Rennes: Presses Universitaires de Rennes/Société d’Histoire et d’Archéologie de Bretagne, 2019).

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France, Western Europe
Expertise by Chronology
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Gender, Government, Law, Local & Regional, Politics, Women