Publication – « Lives, Identities and Histories in the Central Middle Ages », dir. Julie Barrau et David Bates

How did medieval people define themselves? And how did they balance their identities as individuals with the demands of their communities? Lives, Identities and Histories in the Central Middle Ages intertwines the study of identities with current scholarship to reveal their multi-layered, sometimes contradictory dimensions. Drawing on a wide range of sources, from legal texts to hagiographies and biblical exegesis, and diverse cultural and social approaches, this volume enriches our understanding of medieval people’s identities – as defined by themselves and by others, as individuals and as members of groups and communities. It adopts a complex and wide-ranging understanding of what constituted ‘identities’ beyond family and regional or national belonging, such as social status, gender, age, literacy levels, and displacement. New figures and new concepts of ‘identities’ thus emerge from the dialogue between the chapters, through an approach based on life-histories, lived experience, ethnogenesis, theories of diaspora, cultural memory and generational change.

Julie Barrau is Senior Lecturer in Medieval British History at the University of Cambridge. She has published research on Thomas Becket and his circle, letter-writing, Latin literacy, and on the circulation of knowledge in the central Middle Ages. Her first book, Bible, lettres et politique. L’Écriture au service des hommes à l’époque de Thomas Becket, was awarded the Prix Saintour by the Académie des Inscriptions et Belles Lettres.

David Bates is Emeritus Professor of Medieval History at the University of East Anglia. He gave the Ford Lectures in the University of Oxford in 2010 and has a doctorate honoris causa from the University of Caen-Normandie. His most recent books are The Normans and Empire (2013), William the Conqueror (2016; French translation, 2018), and (with Xavier Barral i Altet), La Tapisserie de Bayeux (2019), awarded the Prix du Livre d’Art by the Syndicat National des Antiquaires.

Table des matières :

Introduction ] Julie Barrau and David Bates

Part I. Entwined Lives and Multiple Identities

  1. Mother and Motherhood in the Vita et passio Willelmi Norwicensis – Miri Rubin
  2. Prayer for the Dead: Women, Death, and Salvation – Fiona J. Griffiths
  3. Authority over Men and the Distribution of Property: Two Readings of William of Malmesbury – Mathieu Arnoux
  4. Flemish Settlement and Maritime Traffic in the South-West Peninsula of Britain, c.1050–1250 – Julia Crick
  5. Cistercians and the Laity in Twelfth- and Thirteenth-Century Upper Normandy – Elma Brenner
  6. Memory and Trauma: the Strange Case of Walchelin the Priest – Patricia Skinner
  7. New Charters of the Empress Matilda, with Particular Reference to her Reception at Gloucester in 1139 – Nicholas Vincent
  8. Female Identity before 1250: the Preudefemme – David Crouch

    Part II. Historians, Lawyers and Exegetes: Writing Lives and Identities

    9. Ademar of Chabannes and the Normans: An Outline of a New Reading – Pierre Bauduin
  9. Lives, Identities, and the Historians of the Normans – David Bates
  10. Ruth in the Twelfth Century: Medieval Takes on the Multiple Identities of a Foreign Converted Widow from Scripture – Julie Barrau
  11. Jacob and Esau and the Interplay of Jewish and Christian Identities in the Middle Ages – Anna Sapir Abulafia
  12. Identity, Gender and History in Wace’s Roman de Rou and Roman de Brut – Leonie Hicks
  13. Glanvill: Language, Law, and Identity – John Hudson
  14. Dunstan, Edgar, and the History of Not-So-Recent Events – George Garnett.

Informations pratiques :

Lives, Identities and Histories in the Central Middle Ages, dir. Julie Barrau et David Bates, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2021. 23,5 x 16 p. ISBN : 9781107160804. Prix : GBP 75.

Source : Cambridge University Press

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