IMC 2013: Sessions

Session 1023: Not for Children Only: Play and Pleasure in the Middle Ages

Wednesday 3 July 2013, 09.00-10.30

Organiser:Annika Hüsing, Historisches Institut, FernUniversität Hagen
Moderator/Chair:Felicitas Schmieder, Historisches Institut, FernUniversität Hagen
Paper 1023-aChildren's Play in Medieval Towns
(Language: English)
Christiane Richard-Elsner, Historisches Institut, FernUniversität Hagen
Index terms: Daily Life, Education, Social History, Teaching the Middle Ages
Paper 1023-bChildren's Play and Educational Concepts in the High Middle Ages
(Language: English)
Carola Föller, Seminar für Mittelalterliche Geschichte, Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen
Index terms: Daily Life, Education, Science, Social History
Paper 1023-cHumour in the Game of Kings: The Sideways Glancing Warden of the Lewis Chessmen
(Language: English)
Annika Hüsing, Historisches Institut, FernUniversität Hagen
Index terms: Archaeology - Artefacts, Art History - General, Daily Life, Religious Life
Abstract

‘Play takes many forms, but the heart of play is pleasure – an important component in learning’. Internationally renowned child psychiatrist Dr. Bruce D. Perry coined this phrase to summarize modern findings on the role of play for children’s brain development. But what was the Middle Ages’ view on playing? In three different papers this session wants to explore children’s and adults’ forms of play in rural areas and towns, possible visual manifestations of pleasure in the context of play and contemporary views on the subject as found in 13th-century pedagogical tracts.