IMC 2013: Sessions

Session 1505: Medieval Hostages and Hostageship, I: The Anglo-Saxon Hostage

Thursday 4 July 2013, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:Battle Conference on Anglo-Norman Studies / Haskins Society for Anglo-Saxon, Anglo-Norman, Angevin & Viking History
Organiser:Katherine Weikert, Department of Archaeology / Department of History, University of Winchester
Moderator/Chair:Courtnay Konshuh, Department of History, University of Winchester
Paper 1505-aA Few Hostages from Pre-Viking Age England: Status, Guarantees, and Peacemaking
(Language: English)
Ryan Lavelle, Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences, University of Winchester
Index terms: Law, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 1505-bThe Use of Hostages in the Danish Conquest of Anglo-Saxon England, 1013-1016
(Language: English)
Alice Hicklin, Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse & Celtic, University of Cambridge
Index terms: Military History, Politics and Diplomacy, Social History

This session, the first of a three-session strand on medieval hostageship, examines aspects of the use of hostages and hostageship in Anglo-Saxon England. Papers will individually investigate the shifting uses of hostages in pre- and post-viking England as well as discuss a visual historical-geographical context of an early use of hostages. These multi-disciplinary papers overall present the medieval hostage in the Anglo-Saxon context, identifying continuity and changes to the uses of hostages and hostageship in a three-century period, and discuss military, legal and social uses of a hostage.