Masculinity in Medieval Europe

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This important book launches the medieval tier of Longman's new gender history series, Women and Men in History. The volume, which is aimed at students, scholars and general readers alike, examines masculinity across medieval Europe (including the Byzantine Empire, Italy, France, Germany, and England) between the fourth and sixteenth centuries. Scholarly, and yet always accessible, the book is a much-needed contribution to the study of gender in the Middle Ages. The aim of the book is to problematise medieval ...
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Overview

This important book launches the medieval tier of Longman's new gender history series, Women and Men in History. The volume, which is aimed at students, scholars and general readers alike, examines masculinity across medieval Europe (including the Byzantine Empire, Italy, France, Germany, and England) between the fourth and sixteenth centuries. Scholarly, and yet always accessible, the book is a much-needed contribution to the study of gender in the Middle Ages. The aim of the book is to problematise medieval masculimity showing how it was far from being a fixed identity against which female status and identity can be constructed.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780582316447
  • Publisher: Longman Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 12/28/1998
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 5.73 (w) x 8.78 (h) x 0.86 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Abbreviations
List of Contributors
1 Introduction: Medieval Masculinities 1
Pt. 1 Attaining Masculinity 19
2 'Death Makes the Man'? Burial Rite and the Construction of Masculinities in the Early Middle Ages 21
3 Frustrated Masculinity: the Relationship between William the Conqueror and his Eldest Son 39
4 Masters and Men in Later Medieval England 56
5 Military Masculinity in England and Northern France c.1050-c.1225 71
6 Images of Effeminate Men: the Case of Byzantine Eunuchs 89
Pt. 2 Lay Men and Church Men: Sources of Tension? 101
7 Masculinity in Flux: Nocturnal Emission and the Limits of Celibacy in the Early Middle Ages 103
8 Monks, Secular Men and Masculinity, c.900 121
9 Men and Sex in Tenth-century Italy 143
10 Angels Incarnate: Clergy and Masculinity from Gregorian Reform to Reformation 160
11 Clergy, Masculinity and Transgression in Late Medieval England 178
Pt. 3 Masculinity and the Written Word: Text and Context 197
12 Women and Hunting-birds are Easy to Tame: Aristocratic Masculinity and the Early German Love-Lyric 199
13 The Medieval Male Couple and the Language of Homosociality 214
14 Love, Separation and Male Friendship: Words and Actions in Saint Anselm's Letters to his Friends 238
Bibliographical Essay 256
Index 273
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