IMC 2003: Sessions

Session 1015: Whose Power?: Peasants and Authority in the Later Middle Ages

Wednesday 16 July 2003, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:Hilton Shepherd Postgraduate Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Birmingham
Organiser:Miriam Müller, Department of Medieval History, University of Birmingham
Moderator/Chair:Michael Evans, School of History, University of Reading
Paper 1015-aU(ndres)sing the Churl: Illustrations of Peasants in Laud Misc. 740 and Douce 104
(Language: English)
Josephine E. Mayer, Department of English, University of Birmingham
Index terms: Art History - Painting, Daily Life, Manuscripts and Palaeography, Social History
Paper 1015-bPeasant Power and Peasant Protest: Arson and Property Damage in the Countryside
(Language: English)
Miriam Müller, Department of Medieval History, University of Birmingham
Index terms: Demography, Law, Local History, Social History
Paper 1015-c'Shrewder than Solomon': Peasants in Dialogue with Authority Figures in Late Medieval German Texts
(Language: English)
Joel A. Love, Department of German, University of Birmingham
Index terms: Language and Literature - German, Social History

It is the aim of this session to explore aspects of relationships of power and authority within late medieval rural communities. This includes the relationship between peasants and lordship and the representation of peasants in literature and art. The contributors plan to look at these questions from an interdisciplinary perspective, from different academic disciplines as well as through different sources. Among the key questions the papers will address are issues such as who had the real power in medieval communities, what did authority mean for whom, and what forms of resistance to attempts to enforce officially sanctioned authority might one encounter.