TitleCrusading, Masculinities, and Otherness, I: Crusade Leaders
Date/TimeWednesday 5 July 2017: 09.00-10.30
SponsorNorthern Network for the Study of the Crusades
OrganiserKatherine J. Lewis, Department of Communication & Humanities, University of Huddersfield
Moderator/ChairAlan V. Murray, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Paper 1020-a Gone Boy: Tancred and the Discovery of Masculinity in Ralph of Caen
(Language: English)
Francesca Petrizzo, School of Humanities, University of Glasgow / Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Index Terms: Crusades; Gender Studies
Paper 1020-b Baldwin I, the Much-Married Man
(Language: English)
Susan B. Edgington, School of History, Queen Mary University of London
Index Terms: Crusades; Gender Studies; Sexuality
Paper 1020-c Masculinity and Otherness in 12th-Century Representations of Crusade Leaders
(Language: English)
Mark McCabe, Department of English, Linguistics & History, University of Huddersfield
Index Terms: Crusades; Gender Studies
AbstractThe three proposed sessions on Crusading, Masculinities, and Otherness seek to demonstrate the value of crusade sources to an exploration of socio-cultural perceptions and constructions of what it meant to be a man. They thus provide a vital means of understanding the basis and maintenance of medieval patriarchal social and political hierarchies more widely, yet are still relatively unexplored in terms of gender. Between them the sessions will consider the ways in which ideologies of masculinity were used by authors writing in both Christian and Islamic traditions, alongside those of social status, religion, and ethnicity, to represent and assess men, and sometimes women. Ideals of manliness were a crucial means of establishing normative values and behaviours, and thus also served to identify certain groups and individuals as 'other' to these.