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IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 1201: Sessions in Honor of Stephen D. White, III: Medieval Violence

Wednesday 8 July 2020, 14.15-15.45

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:William I. Miller, Law School, University of Michigan
Paper 1201-aThe Politics of Anger and Violence in Central Medieval France
(Language: English)
Richard E. Barton, Department of History, University of North Carolina, Greensboro
Index terms: Law, Mentalities
Paper 1201-bViolence across Territorial and Social Borders in High Medieval Scandinavia
(Language: English)
Max Naderer, Department of Archaeology- Conservation and History- University of Oslo
Index terms: Mentalities, Political Thought
Paper 1201-c'Oh, my soul, you have wrestled with my heart': Honor, Shame, and Conflict in Kievan Rus'
(Language: English)
Yulia Mikhailova, Department of Humanities, New Mexico Institute of Technology
Index terms: Law, Mentalities

The third of the sessions in honor of Stephen D. White draws on White's seminal work on the politics of medieval 'violence'. Barton demonstrates the conceptual linkage between anger and violence as dangerous social ills in several texts from 11th- and 12th-century France but argues that that linkage itself is political and therefore questionable. Naderer discusses the changing boundaries of 'legitimate' and 'illegitimate' violence found in accounts of conflict in 12th- and 13th-century Scandinavia. Mikhailova unpacks the politics of emotional displays that are recorded in accounts of violence and peace-making in medieval Kievan Rus'.