IMC 2005: Sessions

Session 713: Is There an Age to Perform a Social or a Political Role?

Tuesday 12 July 2005, 14.15-15.45

Organiser:Manuela Santos Silva, Faculdade de Letras, Universidade de Lisboa
Moderator/Chair:Manuela Santos Silva, Faculdade de Letras, Universidade de Lisboa
Paper 713-aHow Old Are the Regional Crown Officers in Medieval Times?
(Language: English)
Adelaide Millán da Costa, Instituto de Estudos Medievais, Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas, Universidade Nova de Lisboa
Index terms: Administration, Genealogy and Prosopography, Local History
Paper 713-bChurch and Age: Career Patterns in the Medieval Portuguese Episcopate
(Language: English)
Hermínia Maria Vasconcelos Vilar, Centro Interdisciplinar de História, Culturas e Sociedades, Universidade de Évora
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Genealogy and Prosopography, Religious Life
Paper 713-cAge and Memory: Seniority and Knowledge of Space in Southern Portugal
(Language: English)
Hermenegildo Fernandes, Departamento da História, Universidade de Lisboa
Index terms: Daily Life, Military History, Social History

There are enough evidences for the Middle ages that in particular ocasions a mere child could be elected for a bishopric or to any lay, religious or military charge. We also know that was not unusual that children became kings and even queen-consorts. In this session we would like to reflect about the age of different kinds of social and political preformers and try to conclude whether childhood or old age could prevent anyone of performing social or political tasks or if, on the other hand, a particular importance was given to those who were living these extreme life-stages.