IMC 2005: Sessions

Session 1012: Age, Life Cycle, and Identity (c. 900-1300), I: Youth

Wednesday 13 July 2005, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:The Haskins Society
Organiser:Philadelphia Ricketts, Institute of Historical Research, University of London
Moderator/Chair:David Bates, School of History, University of East Anglia / Université de Caen Basse-Normandie
Paper 1012-aUnderage: Experience of Childhood in English Royal Courts in the 13th Century
(Language: English)
Susan Stewart, Independent Scholar, Innerleithen
Index terms: Daily Life, Law, Mentalities, Social History
Paper 1012-b'Sveinn einn ungr fell í sýruker': Miracles for Icelandic Children in the Sagas and Miracle Collections of Three Icelandic Saints
(Language: English)
Joanna A. Skórzewska, Centre for Viking & Medieval Studies, Universitetet i Oslo
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Hagiography, Language and Literature - Scandinavian, Social History
Paper 1012-cIn Search of Young Single Women in 12th- and 13th-Century England
(Language: English)
Louise J. Wilkinson, Department of History & American Studies, Canterbury Christ Church University
Index terms: Daily Life, Gender Studies, Social History, Women's Studies

This is the first of three sessions which offer a cross-cultural comparison of perceptions of age, life cycle and identity in England, Normandy and Iceland between c. 900 and 1300. This session focuses on youth. Susan looks at the appearance of children in thirteenth-century English court records, discussing their legal status and, by extension, how they were perceived in thirteenth-century society. Joanna considers the portrayal of parent-child relationships in the sagas and miracle books of Icelandic bishops in the late eleventh to early thirteenth centuries. Louise examines the problem of tracing young singlewomen in the documentary sources for twelfth-and thirteenth-century England.