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IMC 2009: Sessions

Session 826: Marriage and Gender in the 12th to the 14th Century, III

Tuesday 14 July 2009, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:Viking Society for Northern Research
Organiser:Philadelphia Ricketts, Independent Scholar, Somerset
Moderator/Chair:Michael H. Gelting, Centre for Scandinavian Studies King's College University of Aberdeen 24 High Street OLD ABERDEEN AB24 3EB
Paper 826-aJoining Hands in Marriage: The Christianization of Marriage in Late Medieval Iceland
(Language: English)
Agnes Arnórsdóttir, Institut for Historie og Områdestudier, Aarhus Universitet
Index terms: Canon Law, Ecclesiastical History, Gender Studies
Paper 826-bWidowers Might: Towards a History of Bereaved Husbands
(Language: English)
Oren Falk, Department of History, Cornell University
Index terms: Gender Studies, Language and Literature - Scandinavian, Mentalities, Social History
Paper 826-cWar, Marriage, and Concubinage!
(Language: English)
Yasmin Nashat, Institutt for lingvistiske og nordiske studier, Universitetet i Oslo
Index terms: Gender Studies, Language and Literature - Scandinavian, Social History

Medieval marriage, both on a personal level and as an institution, was influential in shaping a person's life. Notions of gender were bound up with how marriage was perceived. These notions often defined the range of possible options for action within, outside, and after marriage. This session will explore the connection between marriage and identity. The papers will focus on the Christianization of marriage and its role in fundamental changes in gender relations; the impact of war on sexual relations outside of marriage and how this differed for men and women; and the etiquette, constraints, and opportunities of male widowhood.