IMC 2005: Sessions

Session 114: Youth and Age in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, I

Monday 11 July 2005, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
Organiser:Henry Summerson, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford
Moderator/Chair:Richard Barrie Dobson, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of York
Paper 114-aMedieval Youth and Age in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography: An Overview
(Language: English)
Henry Summerson, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford
Index terms: Daily Life, Medievalism and Antiquarianism
Paper 114-bOld Soldiers in the Hundred Years War
(Language: English)
Anne Curry, Department of History, University of Southampton
Index terms: Daily Life, Military History
Paper 114-cYoung Women in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
(Language: English)
Jeremy Goldberg, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of York
Index terms: Daily Life, Demography
Abstract

The coverage of the centuries before 1500 in the Oxford DNB consists of 3665 articles containing 4937 subjects. Several of the latter, for instance child martyrs or murdered princes, were people whose lives did not extend beyond childhood or adolescence. The early years of many others, who grew to adulthood, are discussed in ways which illuminate their maturity. And there are others again who were notable in old age, for qualities which included holiness, wisdom and sheer perseverance. This and a second session celebrate the publication of the Oxford DNB in September 2004 by discussing ways in which its wide range of articles sheds light upon the general theme of medieval youth and age.