IMC 2015: Sessions

Session 1206: Stages of Life in Late Medieval England

Wednesday 8 July 2015, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Department of History, University of Winchester / Centre for Medieval & Early Modern Research, Swansea University
Organiser:Gordon McKelvie, Department of History, University of Winchester
Moderator/Chair:Katherine Weikert, Department of Archaeology / Department of History, University of Winchester
Paper 1206-aWidening Participation: The Role of Wykeham in Medieval Educational Reform
(Language: English)
Rebecca Oakes, Department of History, University of Winchester
Index terms: Demography, Education, Genealogy and Prosopography, Religious Life
Paper 1206-b'To be her men and wear her livery': Widows and Political Power in Late Medieval England
(Language: English)
Gordon McKelvie, Department of History, University of Winchester
Index terms: Demography, Genealogy and Prosopography, Politics and Diplomacy, Social History
Paper 1206-cThe Medieval Life-Cycle
(Language: English)
Deborah Youngs, Centre for Medieval & Early Modern Research (MEMO), Swansea University
Index terms: Daily Life, Demography, Social History
Abstract

Much like today those who lived in late medieval England experienced various stages of life. As people went through these different stages of life there was a renewal in precisely what society expected from them and their economic and political opportunities. Historians are now beginning to appreciate the importance of age and the life cycle for examining the late medieval period. The papers in this strand are not exactly about ‘life cycle’ in the strictest sense of the term – birth/youth/age/death – but are instead focused on range of experiences of distinct phases of life, notably education, employment, widowhood, and its potential for exercising political power, and middle age. Together these papers will bring new insights in the social, economic, and political life of late medieval England.