IMC 2003: Sessions

Session 115: Violence and Anxiety in Late Medieval Culture: The Blind, Visionaries and Clerics

Monday 14 July 2003, 11.15-12.45

Organiser:Nancy McLoughlin, Department of History, University of California, Santa Barbara
Moderator/Chair:Miri Rubin, School of History, Queen Mary, University of London
Paper 115-aJean Gerson, Visionaries, Gender and Clerical Competition
(Language: English)
Nancy McLoughlin, Department of History, University of California, Santa Barbara
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Gender Studies, Learning (The Classical Inheritance), Political Thought
Paper 115-b'Carpe Ecclesiam': Violence as Communication under Edward I
(Language: English)
Andrew Miller, Department of History, University of California, Santa Barbara
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Lay Piety, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 115-cViolent Singing as Begging in the Farce du Goguelu
(Language: English)
Mark P. O'Tool, Department of History, University of California, Santa Barbara
Index terms: Language and Literature - French/ Occitan, Music, Performance Arts - Drama
Abstract

The blind, the clergy, and the visionary occupied charged and vulnerable positions in late medieval European society that resonated with existing anxieties about privilege, deception, and social order. These anxieties influenced fearful and opportunistic violent attacks against these groups and others. Each paper in this panel situates the deployment of violence and stereotypes within local economies of charity, prestige, and ecclesiastical power for the purpose of exploring the strategic negotiation and exploitation of these identities and the multivalent meanings of the violence directed against them.