IMC 2017: Sessions

Session 205: Masculinity and Celibacy in the Middle Ages, I: Lay and Household Contexts

Monday 3 July 2017, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Divison of History, University of Huddersfield
Organiser:Patricia Cullum, Department of History, University of Huddersfield
Moderator/Chair:Patricia Cullum, Department of History, University of Huddersfield
Paper 205-aExamining Lay and Religious Masculinities as Mutually Enforcing Antitheses in Early Medieval Gaul
(Language: English)
Peter H. Johnsson, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Toronto, Downtown
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Gender Studies, Religious Life
Paper 205-bEunuchs in the Life of Basil the Younger: Masculinity and Celibacy
(Language: English)
Shaun Tougher, School of History, Archaeology & Religion, Cardiff University
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Ecclesiastical History, Gender Studies, Religious Life
Paper 205-cYearning for Celibacy in the Face of Resistance: Pious Husbands in Late Medieval vitae
(Language: English)
Marita von Weissenberg, Department of History, Xavier University, Ohio
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Gender Studies, Religious Life
Abstract

Vern Bullough once defined medieval masculinity as demonstrated by those who ‘impregnate women, protect dependants and serve as provider to one’s family’ but what about the other men, clerics, and laymen who espoused clerical values, who were not supposed to, or did not want to, procreate. In recent years there has been increasing interest in resistance to the Gregorian Reformation, and in those clerics who were ‘other’ to the dominant narrative of a successful imposition of celibacy. These two sessions will explore the formation of and resistance to celibate ideals and practice across a wide chronological and geographical range.