IMC 2018: Sessions

Session 1234: Forging Family Identities

Wednesday 4 July 2018, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:School of Histories & Humanities, Trinity College Dublin
Organiser:Caoimhe Whelan, Department of History, Trinity College Dublin
Moderator/Chair:Sparky Booker, School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy & Politics, Queen's University Belfast
Paper 1234-aFamilies of Physicians in Later Medieval Wales
(Language: English)
Katherine Leach, Department of Welsh & Celtic Studies, Aberystwyth University
Index terms: Language and Literature - Celtic, Manuscripts and Palaeography, Medicine
Paper 1234-bThe Marches as Family Business in 13th-Century Ireland
(Language: English)
Eoghan Keane, Medieval History Research Centre, Trinity College Dublin
Index terms: Daily Life, Historiography - Medieval, Local History, Military History

These papers discuss various aspects of memorialising, maintaining and manipulating family identity. Exploring the topic from three different angles and at various epochs, the session will illuminate an important aspect of dynastic social memory. The first speaker will explore how medical knowledge was transmitted and accessed by practitioners of late medieval Wales, with an examination of medical manuscripts known to have been owned and passed down through families of healers. The second speaker will examine connections between family, political identity, and marriage, in particular, Isolde Bisset, an Anglo-Norman marriage-broker and fosterer. The final speaker will extend the focus to the 13th-century marchland, interrogating the memories and motivations which lay behind family retention of problematic landholdings.