Session 1317: Comparative Perspectives on Childhood in Viking Sagas and French Vernacular Texts
Wednesday 13 July 2005, 16.30-18.00
|Moderator/Chair:||Alaric Hall, Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, University of Helsinki|
|Paper 1317-a||Strategy Games among Children in Viking Age Scandinavia|
Index terms: Daily Life, Mentalities, Political Thought
|Paper 1317-b||De l'Europe féodale à la Scandinavie, l'enfance et la vieillesse dans la littérature du XIIIe siècle: une image furtive mais complexe|
Index terms: Language and Literature - Comparative, Language and Literature - French or Occitan, Language and Literature - Scandinavian, Mentalities
|Paper 1317-c||Changing Models of Childhood in the chanson de geste: Reconstructing the Evidence|
|Paper 1317-d||The Age of Learning in Medieval Europe: From Discipulus to Magister|
Index terms: Education, Language and Literature - French or Occitan, Language and Literature - Latin, Learning (The Classical Inheritance)
Abstract Paper a) In Rìgsþula we learn about Jarls’ sons, who are to learn swimming and playing board games. I will look further into why it was important for children of the nobility to learn to play strategygames. The period of time in focus of my study, will be the Viking Age, but I will also look into the Middle Ages, to show changes in the world of games. For the main part I will speak about strategygames used among children. However, it will be useful to include sources where adults are represented, to stress the importance of the aspect of gaming in society.
Paper b) Privilégiant l’événementiel et ceux qui le créent, la littérature profane du XIIIe siècle s’intéresse peu à l’enfant, peu au vieillard. Cela dit, quoique furtive et encombrée de lieux communs, l’image proposée de l’homme à ces deux extrêmes de la vie n’en demeure pas moins fort complexe et hautement révélatrice des priorités et aspirations de ce temps.
Paper c) This paper will survey types of young protagonist that appear in Old French epic poems of the twelfth and early thirteenth centuries. It will argue that childhood is an age more valued by this genre than is sometimes assumed, and that the chanson de geste is as propitious a ground as romance poetry for portraying the early stages of human life.
Paper d) In this paper I will discuss the various forms education took in Medieval Europe, whether institutionalised learning or informally configured groups of scholars, with an emphasis on the typical ages associated with various stages of learning, and the Latin and vernacular terminology used to designate these various stages, or the scholar’s station within the educational hierarchy.