IMC 2004: Sessions

Session 704: Languages of Love and Hate, III: Love, Prophecy and Other Questions, 1300-1500

Tuesday 13 July 2004, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:SSCLE: Society for the Study of the Crusades and the Latin East
Organisers:Matthew Bennett, Department of Communication & Applied Behavioural Science, Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst
Susan B. Edgington, Department of History of Science & Technology, Open University
Sarah Lambert, Department of Historical & Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths College, University of London
Moderator/Chair:Sarah Lambert, Department of Historical & Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths College, University of London
Paper 704-aLove in a Hot Climate: Gender Relations in Florent et Octavien
(Language: English)
Helen J. Nicholson, School of History, Archaeology & Religion, Cardiff University
Index terms: Crusades, Gender Studies, Language and Literature - French/ Occitan, Sexuality
Paper 704-bSaracens, Eschatological Prophecies, and Later Medieval Art
(Language: English)
Debra Higgs Strickland, Department of History of Art, University of Edinburgh
Index terms: Art History - General, Art History - Painting, Biblical Studies
Abstract

Following the loss of the crusader states in the Holy Land by 1300, artists and writers in the West fantasised about how things might be different. Romance poets presented the East as fairy-tale environment for exploring ideological and gender issues. In the sombre plague-ridden world of the later Middle Ages, the Apocalypse was represented in writing and painting as imminent and tied in with the growing threat of Ottoman expansion. Yet it is also important to decentralise the Western perspective in understanding the expressed dichotomy of the ‘other’.