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IMC 2009: Sessions

Session 1008: Medieval Humour and its Audiences

Wednesday 15 July 2009, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:Texas Medieval Association
Organiser:Sally N. Vaughn, Department of History, University of Houston, Texas
Moderator/Chair:Sita Steckel, Department of History, Harvard University / Exzellenzcluster 'Religion & Politik', Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität, Münster
Paper 1008-aHumour as a Political Tool: Warner of Rouen's Moriuht
(Language: English)
Sally N. Vaughn, Department of History, University of Houston, Texas
Index terms: Learning (The Classical Inheritance), Literacy and Orality, Mentalities, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 1008-bHumour and Freedom of Speech in the Time of Henry II: Hugh of Lincoln as vir facetus
(Language: English)
Katrin Beyer, Historisches Seminar, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster
Index terms: Literacy and Orality, Politics and Diplomacy, Rhetoric
Paper 1008-cHumour and Irony in Gerald of Wales's Vita Galfridi
(Language: English)
Claudia Esch, Lehrstuhl für Mittelalterliche Geschichte, Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg
Index terms: Hagiography

This session will examine three incidences of the uses of medieval humour and its intended and real audiences. The first will examine Warner of Rouen's uses of humour in the political context of early Franco-Scandinavian Normandy; the second deals with political humour in England in the reign of King Henry II.; the third focusses on a hagiographical text from the early 13th century.