IMC 2012: Sessions

Session 1330: The Lords of Misrule and the Government of Youth in the Late Middle Ages

Wednesday 11 July 2012, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:DFG-Projekt 'Die 'anderen' Könige'
Organiser:Torsten Hiltmann, Historisches Seminar, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster
Moderator/Chair:Sita Steckel, Exzellenzcluster 'Religion & Politik', Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität, Münster
Paper 1330-aRuling the Youth: 'Abbeys of Misrule' and Their Role in Late Medieval Society
(Language: English)
Torsten Hiltmann, Historisches Seminar, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster
Index terms: Administration, Daily Life, Mentalities, Social History
Paper 1330-bThe Joyful Companies of the Southern Low Countries: The Symbolic Value of Theatrical Activities in Late Medieval Cities
(Language: English)
Katell Lavéant, Vakgroep Franse Taal & Letterkunde, Universiteit van Amsterdam
Index terms: Archives and Sources, Folk Studies, Language and Literature - French or Occitan, Performance Arts - Drama
Paper 1330-cThe Reverse World of the Pope of the Asses
(Language: English)
Hendrik Callewier, Subfaculteit Letteren, KU Leuven

Lords of Misrule, Abbots of Unreason, boy bishops and other so-called ‘mock’ rulers have received little attention until now. So far they have often been confused with each other and interpreted without paying attention to their respective contexts and meanings. The conspicuously burlesque character of their titles and behaviour dominated their perception, which made them appear as institutions of rebellious youngsters par excellence, as they mocked authorities and played the fool. The proposed session will take a closer look at this special kind of rulers and examine them from different perspectives as a social phenomenon, investigating the variety of reasons for and functions of their ‘misrule’.