IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 1001: Sessions in Honor of Stephen D. White, I: Medieval Society and Social Networks

Wednesday 8 July 2020, 09.00-10.30

Organisers:Richard E. Barton, Department of History, University of North Carolina, Greensboro
Tracey L. Billado, Department of History, Queens College, City University of New York
Moderator/Chair:Helle Vogt, Center for Retskulturelle Studier, Det Juridiske Fakultet, Københavns Universitet
Paper 1001-aFiniunt conventi?: Status and Order in Early 11th-Century Poitou
(Language: English)
Orsolya Varró, Department of Medieval & Early Modern History, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest
Index terms: Mentalities, Social History
Paper 1001-bInvisible Threads of Tradition: Kinship and Knowledge around 1500
(Language: English)
Gadi Algazi, Department of History Tel Aviv University
Index terms: Genealogy and Prosopography, Social History
Paper 1001-cThe Fellowship of Master Surgeons: The Development of a Medical Craft Identity in Late Medieval London, 1300-1550
(Language: English)
Sarah Byrne, School of History Anthropology Philosophy & Politics Queens University Belfast
Index terms: Medicine, Social History
Abstract

This session is first in a strand intended to honor Stephen D. White’s contributions to medieval studies on the occasion of his 75th birthday and is inspired by White’s seminal work on kinship and social networks. Varro uses several 11th-century Poitevin sources to identify four widespread models of society discernible in those sources. Algazi demonstrates that close attention to the kinship networks of late medieval scholars in south German towns reveals ‘invisible traditions’ that wives and sisters in such families carried. Byrne investigates the social factors that made it possible for elite surgeons to break away from the more numerous Barber-Surgeons Guild of late medieval London.