Europange presentation

The processes of construction of political spaces:

the example of Angevin Europe (13th-15th centuries)

EUROPANGE 2014-2018




Bertrand de Beauvau’s coat of arms.
Statutes and armorial bearings of
the Ordre du Croissant
(Paris, BnF, ms. fr. 25204, fol. 45v).

Europange is an ANR program carried out by the mixed research unit (UMR) 8584 LEM-CERCOR of the University of Saint-Étienne, in association with École française de Rome, «Luigi Vanvitelli» University of Campania, University of Bergamo, University of Salerno, the Research centre for the Humanities of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, University of Moncton (Canada), CERHIO FRE CNRS (University of Angers), UMR 7303 TELEMME (University of Aix-Mareille), EA 4583 CEMM (University of Nîmes) and UMR 5205 LIRIS (Laboratoire d'Informatique en Image et Systèmes d'Information, INSA de Lyon).

Today's Europe reflects on the foundations and methods of its process of political integration, on the basis of a plurality of States and regions. Many questions are raised on the centuries-old processes that shaped our political and administrative cultures, for which the last three centuries of the middle ages were a decisive step; as many as the references to the slow movements of gathering that led not only to the emergence of States during the medieval period, but also to specific modes of political control and speech. The 13th-15th centuries are a pivotal period to observe these phenomena, because they were marked by the establishment of institutions, modes of communication, administrative methods and structures, which ensured the first development of national and princely States. The EUROPANGE program focuses on a specific type of political and institutional construction operating at a regional level, that went beyond any cultural and linguistic unity and introduced new challenges for the sovereign and his agents in terms of administration of men and things. The outcome of this construction, fragmented in space, is neither reducible to the imperial model (since it is based on an affirmation of the notion of sovereignty) nor to a process of colonization (which would impose a centre and a periphery) or to simple personal unions. Since such political buildings have not led to the birth of nation-States, in the modern and contemporary periods, they have long been ignored by national historiographies which judged them a priori unsustainable. Yet, they seem to us instead meaningful if we study their capacity for synthesis and innovation, as well as their political and administrative pragmatism. The territories under Angevin domination in the 13th-15th centuries provide a well-documented case of study. It is necessary to investigate the emergence of a political and social environment, by analysing the constitution of a body of administrators: the officers, some of which were clerics, with their networks, their training, their skills, in all the lands under Angevin control (Anjou, Maine, Provence, Lorraine, southern Italy and Sicily, Piedmont, Lombardy and Tuscany, Hungary, Poland, Morea, Albania). The Angevin political construction, fragmented in space and discontinuous in time, challenged the capabilities of the political authorities to assemble and administer, and to create a common political discourse. The EUROPANGE prosopographical database provides a fundamental tool for this comparatist reflection, carried out in an international scientific framework.


Collaborators and partners of the program

Partner 1

UMR 8584 LEM-CERCOR, Université de Saint-Étienne



UMR 8584 LEM-CERCOR, Université de Saint-Étienne



Université de Nîmes, CEMM, EA 4583 ORTEGA Isabelle

UMR 7303 TELEMME, Université d’Aix-Marseille



UMR 7303 TELEMME, Université d’Aix-Marseille



Partner 2

École française de Rome (EFR)





Université de Moncton (Canada) BONNAUD Jean-Luc
Research centre for the Humanities of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (MTA BTK) CSUKOVITS Enikő

Università degli Studi della Campania «Luigi Vanvitelli» (Italie)



Università degli Studi di Bergamo (Italie)


École française de Rome (EFR) BUFFO Paolo
Università degli Studi di Salerno (Italie) SANTORO Alfredo
École française de Rome (EFR) SILVESTRI Alessandro
École française de Rome (EFR) TERENZI Pierluigi

Archivio di Stato di Napoli (Italie)



Università del Salento (Italie)



Partner 3

CERHIO (FRE CNRS), Université d’Angers



CERHIO (FRE CNRS), Université d’Angers



EA CRULH, Université de Lorraine



EA CRULH, Université de Lorraine



Partner 4

UMR 5205 LIRIS, Laboratoire d'Informatique en Image et Systèmes d'Information, Insa de Lyon



UMR 5205 LIRIS, Laboratoire d'Informatique en Image et Systèmes d'Information, Insa de Lyon





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