IMC 2017: Sessions

Session 1631: Violence and Order in the Medieval World

Thursday 6 July 2017, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:California Institute of Technology / Huntington Library Humanities Collaboration 'Violence & Order, Past & Present'
Organiser:Leah Klement, Division of the Humanities & Social Sciences, California Institute of Technology / Huntington Library, California
Moderator/Chair:Warren Brown, Division of the Humanities & Social Sciences, California Institute of Technology
Paper 1631-aSetting the Saxons up for Success: Violence and Coercion during the Conversion of the Saxons, 772-804
(Language: English)
Jan van Doren, Department of History, Princeton University
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Law, Political Thought
Paper 1631-bCitizenship, Indigeneity, and the Ethics of Violence in Arnulf of Orléans's Commentary on Lucan
(Language: English)
Leah Klement, Division of the Humanities & Social Sciences, California Institute of Technology / Huntington Library, California
Index terms: Language and Literature - Latin, Learning (The Classical Inheritance), Political Thought
Paper 1631-cIs There a Case for a Minimalist View of Anglo-Saxon Law?
(Language: English)
Paul R. Hyams, Pembroke College, University of Oxford / Department of History, Cornell University
Index terms: Law, Political Thought
Abstract

The Middle Ages are often invoked by the media, politicians, and even scholars of the modern world as an era of unrestrained violence. However, as scholars of medieval violence have shown, violence in the Middle Ages was often highly regulated, and intersected in complex ways with social, legal, and religious institutions. This session will explore the variety of attitudes toward violence and social order in the medieval world, working toward a better understanding of the purposes of violence in the Middle Ages, and of modern interpretations (or misinterpretations) of those ideas.