IMC 2003: Sessions

Session 722: Medieval Kinship Reconsidered, I

Tuesday 15 July 2003, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:The Medieval Circle, Department of History, Købnhavns Universitet
Organiser:Mia Münster-Swendsen, Department of History, Københavns Universitet
Moderator/Chair:Michael H. Gelting, Centre for Scandinavian Studies King's College University of Aberdeen 24 High Street OLD ABERDEEN AB24 3EB
Paper 722-aMedieval Kinship: Ideology and Practice
(Language: English)
Michael H. Gelting, Centre for Scandinavian Studies King's College University of Aberdeen 24 High Street OLD ABERDEEN AB24 3EB
Index terms: Canon Law, Law, Mentalities, Social History
Paper 722-bPersonal Names, Progeny and Power: The Politics of Naming among the Early Medieval Celts
(Language: English)
David E. Thornton, Department of History, Bilkent University, Turkey
Index terms: Genealogy and Prosopography, Onomastics, Social History
Paper 722-cConstructing Kinship in Norwegian 'Customary' Law
(Language: English)
Helle Sørensen, Institute of Legal Science, Københavns Universitet
Index terms: Canon Law, Law
Abstract

This session, the first of two on the subject, aims to reassess the role and functions that have traditionally been assigned to European kinship in the early and high Middle Ages. There can be no doubt that kinship played an important part in medieval power structures; but recent research makes it desirable to reconsider both the paramount importance that has been attributed to this factor in early medieval societies, and the widespread assumption that the Church and kings strove to weaken and dissolve kinship solidarities in order to strengthen their own power.