IMC 2006: Sessions

Session 118: Relatively Speaking: Family and Lineage in Medieval Texts and Contexts

Monday 10 July 2006, 11.15-12.45

Organiser:Katherine J. Lewis, Department of History, University of Huddersfield
Moderator/Chair:Patricia Cullum, Department of History, University of Huddersfield
Paper 118-a'The goodness of your ancestors': Henry II's Anglo-Saxon Inheritance in Aelred's Genealogia regum Anglorum
(Language: English)
Joanna Huntington, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of York
Index terms: Hagiography, Mentalities
Paper 118-bA Eunuch in the Family: Byzantine Familial Relationships
(Language: English)
Shaun Tougher, School of History, Archaeology & Religion, Cardiff University
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Mentalities
Paper 118-cRepresentations of Family and Lineage in Later Medieval Saints' Lives
(Language: English)
Katherine J. Lewis, Department of History, University of Huddersfield
Index terms: Gender Studies, Hagiography
Abstract

This session seeks to explore the nature and representation of medieval family relationships. Both horizontal and vertical relationships will be considered in three comparative contexts, with particular emphasis on the importance of lineage and ancestry. As well as people linked by blood and kin, relationships of an affective and spiritual nature will also be explored. The speakers will take an interdisciplinary approach and consult literary and visual representations of family alongside more strictly documentary ones.