Session719
TitleThe Other Children: Illegitimacy in the Middle Ages
Date/TimeTuesday 4 July 2017: 14.15-15.45
 
SponsorHistorisches Institut, Universität zu Köln
 
OrganiserClara Harder, Historisches Institut, Universität zu Köln
 
Moderator/ChairChristof Rolker, Institut für Geschichtswissenschaften und Europäische Ethnologie, Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg
 
Paper 719-a A (Double) Standard?: Male and Female Illegitimacy in Medieval Germany
(Language: English)
Clara Harder, Historisches Institut, Universität zu Köln
Index Terms: Gender Studies; Historiography - Medieval; Mentalities; Social History
Paper 719-b 'Bastard Feudalism?': Illegitimacy and Landed Society in Late Medieval England
(Language: English)
Helen Matthews, Faculty of Social & Historical Sciences, University College London
Index Terms: Mentalities; Social History
Paper 719-c The Golden Age of Noble Bastards Revisited: Bastards as Reservoir Children in the French Nobility during the Hundred Years War
(Language: English)
Simona Slanicka, Historisches Institut, Universität Bern
Index Terms: Mentalities; Social History
 
AbstractThis session aims to exemplify the various ramifications of illegitimacy in the high and late Middle Ages. Children born out of wedlock are associated with being legally and socially discriminated. Their rank within their families and society in general differed from their brothers and sisters conceived in wedlock. The amount of discrimination, however, cannot be generalised. It seems that the existence of illegitimate children was not only a well-known fact of medieval societies, but could also be an advantage in the attempts of their families to secure and expand property and influence. Therefore, the roles ascribed to these children have to be examined with proper caution.