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IMC 2023: Sessions

Session 1743: Urban Identities in Late Medieval England and Germany

Thursday 6 July 2023, 14.15-15.45

Organiser:Richard Asquith, Independent Scholar, Yate
Moderator/Chair:Rachel Clare Harkes, Department of History, Durham University
Paper 1743-aThe London Liber Lynne: An English Family Book
(Language: English)
Christian Liddy, Department of History, Durham University
Index terms: Mentalities, Social History
Paper 1743-bMetropolis and Periphery: Different Approaches to the Construction of Urban Identities in Medieval Franconian Towns and Cities
(Language: English)
Charlotte Neubert, Institut für Geschichte, Universität Regensburg
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Mentalities, Social History
Paper 1743-cKnights of the City: Urban Identity or Social Aspiration in Late Medieval London?
(Language: English)
Richard Asquith, Independent Scholar, Yate
Index terms: Mentalities, Social History

Recent work on the difficult concept of 'identity' in the Middle Ages has persuasively advocated embracing the 'conceptual indeterminacy' of the term, as a locus where vectors of self-understanding, the expression of collective solidarities, and external categorisation intersect, overlap, and are creatively interpreted. The three papers in this panel will showcase new research and thinking on the theme of urban identity, collectively examining how it was manifest, constructed, and articulated at different levels and across social boundaries in late medieval English and German towns. Themes addressed include identities over the urban-rural divide, the notion of social aspiration, and the use of historiographical literature as a vehicle for self-conceptualisation.