IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 213: Conceptualising Borders in the Middle Ages, II: Creating and Crossing Community Boundaries

Monday 6 July 2020, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Medieval & Ancient Research Centre (MARCUS), University of Sheffield
Organisers:James Chetwood, Department of History, University of Sheffield
Harry Mawdsley, Department of History, University of Sheffield
Moderator/Chair:Máirín MacCarron, Department of History, University of Sheffield
Paper 213-aThe Manor Court and the Boundaries of the Village Community
(Language: English)
Richard Gilbert, Department of History, University of Sheffield
Index terms: Geography and Settlement Studies, Local History, Social History
Paper 213-bExploring Social Boundaries: Family Names and Status in the Later Medieval Settlement
(Language: English)
Susan Kilby, Centre for English Local History, University of Leicester
Index terms: Geography and Settlement Studies, Onomastics, Social History
Paper 213-cMy Name Is Not My Name: Crossing Onomastic Boundaries in Medieval England
(Language: English)
James Chetwood, Department of History, University of Sheffield
Index terms: Language and Literature - Old English, Language and Literature - Middle English, Onomastics, Social History
Abstract

How did medieval communities create and preserve social, physical, and metaphorical boundaries? These three papers will use a range of evidence and methodological approaches to examine how boundaries at ‘national’, regional and village level were used to forge identities, exclude outsiders and cement social positions. The speakers will explore how these boundaries impacted the lives of community members, illustrating how villagers used manorial boundaries to protect themselves from lordly interference, how individuals understood the metaphorical boundaries that separated people of different social status, and how individuals negotiated shifting identities as they crossed the boundaries between communities.