IMC 2017: Sessions

Session 1020: Crusading, Masculinities, and Otherness, I: Crusade Leaders

Wednesday 5 July 2017, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:Northern Network for the Study of the Crusades
Organiser:Katherine J. Lewis, Department of History, University of Huddersfield
Moderator/Chair:Alan V. Murray, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Paper 1020-aGone Boy: Tancred and the Discovery of Masculinity in Ralph of Caen
(Language: English)
Francesca Petrizzo, School of History, University of Leeds
Index terms: Crusades, Gender Studies
Paper 1020-bBaldwin I, the Much-Married Man
(Language: English)
Susan B. Edgington, School of History, Queen Mary, University of London
Index terms: Crusades, Gender Studies, Sexuality
Paper 1020-cMasculinity and Otherness in 12th-Century Representations of Crusade Leaders
(Language: English)
Mark McCabe, Department of History, University of Huddersfield
Index terms: Crusades, Gender Studies

The three proposed sessions on Crusading, Masculinities, and Otherness seek to demonstrate the value of crusade sources to an exploration of socio-cultural perceptions and constructions of what it meant to be a man. They thus provide a vital means of understanding the basis and maintenance of medieval patriarchal social and political hierarchies more widely, yet are still relatively unexplored in terms of gender. Between them the sessions will consider the ways in which ideologies of masculinity were used by authors writing in both Christian and Islamic traditions, alongside those of social status, religion, and ethnicity, to represent and assess men, and sometimes women. Ideals of manliness were a crucial means of establishing normative values and behaviours, and thus also served to identify certain groups and individuals as ‘other’ to these.