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IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 246: Raised from the Dust: Social Mobility in 12th- and 13th-Century Europe

Monday 6 July 2020, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Haskins Society
Organiser:Isaac Boothroyd, Department of History, University of Manchester
Moderator/Chair:Richard M. Goddard, Department of History, University of Nottingham
Paper 246-aAttitudes to Education and Social Mobility in 13th-Century England
(Language: English)
Lucy Hennings, Exeter College, University of Oxford
Index terms: Education, Social History
Paper 246-bMaster David of London and Social Mobility
(Language: English)
Catherine Healy, School of History, University of East Anglia
Index terms: Administration, Genealogy and Prosopography
Paper 246-cBehind Every Successful Man Is a Woman: The Role of Women in Social Mobility in 12th-Century England
(Language: English)
Isaac Boothroyd, Department of History, University of Manchester
Index terms: Gender Studies, Genealogy and Prosopography

Social mobility formed one such way people crossed the unwritten boundaries of 12th and 13th century European society, made possible by developments in law, administration, knighthood, the Church, trade, and increasing urban autonomy. In this session we shall examine this phenomenon and the processes behind it, with papers focusing in particular on the experiences of individuals at the centre of these events. We shall examine their lives and careers, their families, wider networks, and the reasons behind their increased prosperity, in an attempt to place their experiences within the wider context of changes that led to increased social mobility for many within this period.