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IMC 2012: Sessions

Session 121: Rules of Violence, I: Spaces for Political Violence

Monday 9 July 2012, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Forschergruppe 'Gewaltgemeinschaften', Universität Gießen / Oswald-von-Wolkenstein-Gesellschaft
Organiser:Cora Dietl, Institut für Germanistik, Justus-Liebig-Universität, Gießen
Moderator/Chair:Cora Dietl, Institut für Germanistik, Justus-Liebig-Universität, Gießen
Paper 121-aAreas Open to Violence?: The Borders of North England in the Late Middle Ages
(Language: English)
Mathis Prange, Historisches Institut, Justus-Liebig-Universität, Gießen
Index terms: Economics - General, Historiography - Medieval, Military History, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 121-bLegal Rules and Feud Narratives: An Anglo-Saxon Case-Study
(Language: English)
Tom Lambert, Balliol College, University of Oxford
Index terms: Law, Mentalities, Social History
Paper 121-cForging the Past: John Hardyng and Anglo-Scottish Relations
(Language: English)
Katherine Hikes Terrell, Department of English, Hamilton College, New York
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Language and Literature - Middle English, Politics and Diplomacy

Violence, as a form of non-verbal communication and as a means of politics in Dark Age and medieval societies, follows certain rules. These rules partly depend on the respective spaces where violent actions take place. The papers in this session ask about the dialogical character and about certain logics that can be detected in politically motivated acts of violence within the field of Anglo-Scottish relations in the early and the later Middle Ages, whether they are located along the border lines or in the institutional centres of justice and power. The papers also ask whether the border room between England and Scotland was also used as an open field for the construction of violence and broken rules in literature and historiography.