IMC 2017: Sessions

Session 1220: Crusading, Masculinities, and Otherness, III: Narrative Appropriations

Wednesday 5 July 2017, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Northern Network for the Study of the Crusades
Organiser:Katherine J. Lewis, Department of History, University of Huddersfield
Moderator/Chair:Sophie Harwood, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Paper 1220-aOther or Not?: Comparing Christian and Muslim Chivalric Culture in the Early Crusading Era
(Language: English)
Matthew Bennett, Department of History, University of Winchester
Index terms: Crusades, Gender Studies, Islamic and Arabic Studies, Language and Literature - French or Occitan
Paper 1220-bTurks Without and Within: Masculinity and Otherness in 15th-Century Crusading Rhetoric
(Language: English)
Katherine J. Lewis, Department of History, University of Huddersfield
Index terms: Crusades, Gender Studies
Paper 1220-cConstructing Masculine 'Others' in Albigensian Crusade Narratives
(Language: English)
Natasha Ruth Hodgson, School of Arts & Humanities, Nottingham Trent University
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.