IMC 2007: Sessions

Session 1603: Power and Protection, II: Feud and Protection

Thursday 12 July 2007, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Centre for Medieval & Renaissance Studies, University of Durham
Organiser:David Rollason, Centre for Medieval & Renaissance Studies, Durham University
Moderator/Chair:David Rollason, Centre for Medieval & Renaissance Studies, Durham University
Paper 1603-aThe Tension in Chivalric Ideology between Vengeance and Forgiveness
(Language: English)
Richard W. Kaeuper, Department of History, University of Rochester, New York
Index terms: Administration, Mentalities
Paper 1603-bVengeance as Protection in La Chanson de Roland
(Language: English)
Stephen D. White, Department of History, Harvard University
Index terms: Administration, Language and Literature - French or Occitan, Mentalities
Paper 1603-cThe Ideology of Vengeance in Old Norse Mythology
(Language: English)
John S. McKinnell, Centre for Medieval & Renaissance Studies
Index terms: Language and Literature - Scandinavian, Mentalities

One of a series of sessions exploring protection in the theory of lordship; in the processes of feud and their legal regulation; in royal powers from the protection of widows and wardships to the granting of charters of immunity and in the ideology of the Christian Church. Such a broad sweep is intended to ask whether protection as a concept may have a wider significance than its marginal role in current historiography would suggest. This session specifically explores issues of shame, anger and violation of protection; protection as an integral aspect of the mechanics of feud and the use of protective power for the regulation and limitation of feud.