IMC 2004: Sessions

Session 1211: Devils they Knew?: War and the Cultural Frontier in the Middle Ages, I

Wednesday 14 July 2004, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Department of History, University of Durham
Organiser:Len Scales, Department of History, Durham University
Moderator/Chair:Andy King, Department of History, University of Southampton
Paper 1211-aConstructing the Enemies of Joan of Arc
(Language: English)
Craig D. Taylor, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of York
Index terms: Military History, Philosophy, Political Thought, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 1211-bBorn to Kill: 'Warrior Races' in Late Medieval Europe
(Language: English)
Len Scales, Department of History, Durham University
Index terms: Mentalities, Military History, Political Thought, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 1211-c'What is this Oost?': 'Knyghthode' and 'Bataile' and the Construction of the Yorkists in the Wars of the Roses
(Language: English)
Catherine Nall, Department of History, University of York
Index terms: Mentalities, Military History, Political Thought, Politics and Diplomacy
Abstract

Our topic connects directly with the IMC’s theme for 2004: ‘Clash of Cultures’. We aim to explore some of the ways in which war sustained – or complicated, or undercut – representations of the cultural ‘other’ during the Middle Ages. Questions informing our two sessions include: How important were group stereotypes in identifying enemies? Were opponents treated as fundamentally alien, or were underlying similarities perceived and emphasized?