IMC 2005: Sessions

Session 214: Youth and Age in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, II

Monday 11 July 2005, 14.15-15.45

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 214-aThe Fullness of Days: 13th-Century Bishops in their Old Age
(Language: English)
Philippa Hoskin, Borthwick Institute of Historical Research, University of York
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History
Paper 214-bThe Early Lives of Anglo-Saxon Holy Men and Women
(Language: English)
Alan Thacker, Institute of Historical Research, University of London
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Mentalities
Paper 214-cThe Old Age of Westminster Monks
(Language: English)
Barbara F. Harvey, Somerville College, University of Oxford
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Monasticism
Abstract

The coverage of the centuries before 1500 in the Oxford DNB consists of 3665 articles containing 4937 subjects. Many of the latter, for instance child martyrs or murdered princes, were people whose lives did not extend beyond childhood or adolescence. The early lives 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 including holiness, wisdom and sheer perseverance. This and a first session will celebrate the publication of the Oxford DNB in September 2004 by discussing ways in which its wide range of articles sheds light on the general theme of medieval youth and age.