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IMC 2023: Sessions

Session 707: Models of Masculinity in Late Medieval Northern Europe

Tuesday 4 July 2023, 14.15-15.45

Organiser:Bobbi Sutherland, Department of History, University of Dayton, Ohio
Moderator/Chair:Miguel Gómez, Department of History, University of Dayton, Ohio
Paper 707-aBrothers-in-(Masculine)-Law: Policing Piety and Masculine Reputation
(Language: English)
Marita von Weissenberg, Department of History, Xavier University, Ohio
Index terms: Gender Studies, Lay Piety, Religious Life
Paper 707-b'A man, but what sort? A knight or a burgher?': Examining Masculinity in the Ménagier
(Language: English)
Bobbi Sutherland, Department of History, University of Dayton, Ohio
Index terms: Daily Life, Gender Studies, Language and Literature - French or Occitan, Social History
Paper 707-cYoung Men, Public Order, and Prosecuting 'Rudeness' in Late Medieval Bruges
(Language: English)
Mireille Juliette Pardon, Department of History, Yale University
Index terms: Gender Studies, Law, Social History

How masculinity is defined and defended has changed over time and can even be fluid within a given time and place. In the Late Middle Ages, how one was understood to achieve manhood had as much to do with relations with other men, one's social position, and the overall political context as it did with one's personal attributes. As these three papers demonstrate, one's masculinity might be threatened by his wife's behavior, and more importantly, her brother's response to it; a man's understanding of manhood might reveal or confuse his social position; and the prosecution of 'rudeness' committed by young men can indicate change in understandings of masculine honor and urban peace.