IMC 2004: Sessions

Session 620: Medieval Masculinities, I: The Lay Experience - Families, Fighting, and Male Identity

Tuesday 13 July 2004, 11.15-12.45

Organiser:Rachel Stone, Department of History, King's College, University of London
Moderator/Chair:Pauline Stafford, School of History, University of Liverpool / Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Paper 620-aManly Men, Womanly Men: Carolingian Laymen and the Gender Continuum
(Language: English)
Rachel Stone, Department of History, King's College, University of London
Index terms: Gender Studies, Mentalities, Sexuality
Paper 620-bRivalries and Affective Bonds: The Father-Son Relationship in 11th-Century North-Western France
(Language: English)
William M. Aird, School of History, Archaeology & Religion, Cardiff University
Index terms: Gender Studies, Social History
Paper 620-cMaking Men: Constructing a Masculine Identity in Sturlung Age Iceland
(Language: English)
Nic Percivall, Independent Scholar, Bristol
Index terms: Gender Studies, Mentalities, Sexuality
Abstract

The boundary between laymen and clerics often focused on laymen’s participation in marriage and warfare. Both experiences offered scope for displaying physical and moral achievements that confirmed masculine identity, but also possible challenges to this identity. Patriarchal control of families could cause tensions with sons eager to assert their own masculinity, while behaviour in warfare was carefully observed and subject to multiple and difficult expectations. The papers examine how men tried to assert and perform their masculinity and the results of their success or failure.