IMC 2004: Sessions

Session 820: Medieval Masculinities, III: The Royal Male - Models and Warnings

Tuesday 13 July 2004, 16.30-18.00

Organiser:Rachel Stone, Department of History, King's College, University of London
Moderator/Chair:Patricia Cullum, Department of History, University of Huddersfield
Paper 820-aTournaments and Royal Prestige in 12th-Century England
(Language: English)
Eljas Oksanen, Faculty of History, University of Cambridge
Index terms: Military History, Politics and Diplomacy, Social History
Paper 820-bProblems of Inconstancy: The French War and the Discourse of Sexual Malpractice in 1370s England
(Language: English)
Christopher Fletcher, Université de Bordeaux II
Index terms: Mentalities, Political Thought, Politics and Diplomacy, Sexuality
Paper 820-c'He Was a Very Handsome Prince, and Tall': Masculinity and Sexuality in the Reign and Reputation of Edward IV
(Language: English)
Katherine J. Lewis, Department of History, University of Huddersfield
Index terms: Gender Studies, Medievalism and Antiquarianism, Sexuality

Kings were not only rulers, but men and all aspects of their masculinity were on public display. Their control of their household, their licit and illicit sexual life, and their conduct in warfare were all perceived as being intimately linked both with the kingdom’s well-being and their own fitness to rule. How were images of royal masculinity made and remade by kings, their supporters and their opponents? These papers explore the expectations of royal performance across different cultures and different stages of the king’s life cycle.