IMC 2008: Sessions

Session 510: Family Portraits in the Anglo-Norman World

Tuesday 8 July 2008, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:School of History, Classics & Archaeology, University of Edinburgh
Organiser:Kirsten A. Fenton, School of History, Classics & Archaeology, University of Edinburgh
Moderator/Chair:Judith Green, School of History, Classics & Archaeology, University of Edinburgh
Paper 510-aIt's a Family Affair: Marriage, Dowry, and Dower in 12th-Century Normandy
(Language: English)
Kirsten A. Fenton, School of History, Classics & Archaeology, University of Edinburgh
Index terms: Gender Studies, Social History
Paper 510-bEmbarrassing Ancestry in Post-Conquest Histories
(Language: English)
Joanna Huntington, School of Historical Studies, Newcastle University
Index terms: Gender Studies, Social History
Abstract

This session focuses on representations of families in the Anglo-Norman world. There are various means and ways of recording, preserving, and constructing family portraits and this session will look at some of these through a number of different media including saints’ lives, chronicles, and charters. Papers will focus on specific aspects of family history, including genealogies and marriage practices, and discuss how these affected the portrayal of family members as individuals and collectively. At the same time the papers will demonstrate an awareness of the broader socio-political impact that such family representations can convey.