Networking in Late Medieval Central Europe; Friends, Families, Foes

Beata Możejko, Anna Paulina Orłowska; Leslie Carr-Riegel

Networking in Late Medieval

Central Europe

Exploring the formation of networks across late medieval Central Europe, this book examines the complex interaction of merchants, students, artists, and diplomats in a web of connections that linked the region. These individuals were friends in business ventures, occasionally families, and not infrequently foes. No single activity linked them, but rather their inter-connectivity through matrices based in diverse modalities was key. Partnerships were not always friendship networks, art was sometimes passed between enemies, and families were created for fnancial gain. Taking an interdisciplinary approach, the chapters focus on inclusion and exclusion within intercultural networks, both interpersonal and artistic, using a wide spectrum of source materials and methodological approaches.

The concept of friends is considered broadly, not only as connections of mutual affection but also simply through business relationships. Families are considered in terms of how they helped or hindered local integration for foreigners and the matrimonial strategies they pursued. Networks were also deeply impacted by rivalry and hostility.

Beata Możejko (University of Gdańsk) is Professor of History specializing in medieval history and the auxiliary sciences of history; the author of other 150

papers, articles, and monographs, including “Peter von Danzig, The story of Great Caravel 1462–1475” (Brill 2020); member of the Bureau of Committee on Historical Sciences of the Polish Academy of Sciences (2020–2023); and member of the Committee of Gdańsk Encyklopedia (Gedanopedia).

Anna Paulina Orłowska studied history and history of arts at the University of Warsaw and Christian-Albrecht-University in Kiel. In Kiel, she worked on her PhD on an account book from Gdańsk written in the frst half of the ffteenth century. After defending her thesis in 2015, she went to the Institute of History Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw. Now she works at the Institute for Comparative Urban History in Münster, Germany, where she develops the Historical Town Atlasses based on the said ontology.

Leslie Carr-Riegel received her doctorate in Medieval Studies from the Central European University in 2021. She has historically focused on waste management, medieval trade relations between Poland and Italy, and legal history, but is mostly dedicated to teaching the next generation of scholars. She has worked as a fellow with the Medici Archive Project, the Princeton Global History Project, and the Käte Hamburger Kolleg at the University of Münster.