IMC 2013: Sessions

Session 518: Military Skills and Martial Pleasures, I: Archery, Jousts, Hunting, and Sociability

Tuesday 2 July 2013, 09.00-10.30

Organiser:Laura Crombie, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of York
Moderator/Chair:Joanna Bellis, Pembroke College, University of Cambridge
Paper 518-a'Ready to Disport with You': Sports, Guild Life, and Homosociability in 15th-Century Calais
(Language: English)
Rachel E. Moss, Université de Paris I
Index terms: Daily Life, Gender Studies, Military History, Social History
Paper 518-bHunting, Sociability, and the Consumption of Royal Favour in 13th-Century England
(Language: English)
Lars Kjær, Department of History, New College of the Humanities, London
Index terms: Archives and Sources, Daily Life, Heraldry, Social History
Paper 518-cKnights, Heraldry, and the Display of Status by Urban Elites
(Language: English)
Jessica Knowles, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of York
Index terms: Art History - Decorative Arts, Heraldry, Social History

Military games could be about more than training for war, they could strengthen societies through martial pleasure, as will be shown in different contexts. Firstly in looking at archery in Calais the roles of masculinity and homosocial-bonding within archery contests will be examined. Then in looking at 13th-century England the societies and even patronage networks developed through hunting at the royal court will be set in the context of largess and royal generosity as well as another context. This is the first of 4 panel looking at social bonds, brotherhood, political interaction, and culture through the lens of martial activities.