IMC 2005: Sessions

Session 1117: Age, Life Cycle, and Identity (c. 900-1300), II: Life Cycle and Masculinity

Wednesday 13 July 2005, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Department of History & American Studies, Canterbury Christ Church University College
Organiser:Louise J. Wilkinson, Department of History & American Studies, Canterbury Christ Church University
Moderator/Chair:Charles Insley, Department of History & American Studies, Canterbury Christ Church University
Paper 1117-aTeenage Angst: The Experience of Adolescence in 12th- and 13th-Century Iceland
(Language: English)
Nic Percivall, Independent Scholar, Bristol
Index terms: Gender Studies, Language and Literature - Scandinavian, Sexuality, Social History
Paper 1117-b'Too Fast to Live, Too Young to Die': Youth, War, and Masculinity in Geffrei Gaimar's Estoire des Engleis
(Language: English)
Aggie Davis, School of History, University of Liverpool
Index terms: Gender Studies, Language and Literature - French or Occitan, Sexuality, Social History
Paper 1117-cDuritia and sapientia: Were Carolingian Old Men Still Manly?
(Language: English)
Rachel Stone, Department of History, King's College, University of London
Index terms: Gender Studies, Social History
Abstract

This is the second 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 life cycle and masculinity. Nic’s paper examines relationships between fathers and sons in Icelandic sagas and Orderic Vitalis, asking when, if ever, a son ceased to be known as the ‘son of X’ and gained his own personal identity. Agnes considers the portrayal of young male warriors in Geffrei Gaimar’s Estoire des Egleis, while Bill explores the representation in the sources and the practicalities of growing old as a warrior.