International Medieval Research 12

Front cover, IMR 12 - Click to enlargeThe Medieval Household in Christian Europe c. 850 - c. 1550: Managing Power, Wealth, and the Body
Edited by Cordelia Beattie, Anna Maslakovic, and Sarah Rees Jones

This volume asks whether there was a common structure, ideology, and image of the household in the medieval Christian West. In the period under examination, noble households often exercised great power in their own right, while even quite humble households were defuned as agents of government in the administration of local communities. Many ofthe papers therefore address the public functions and perceptions of the household, and argue that the formulation of domestic (or family) values was of essential importance in the growth and development of the medieval Christian state.

Contributors to this volume of collected essays write from a number of disciplinary perspectives (archaeological, art-historical, historical and literary). They examine socially diverse households (from peasants to kings) and use case studies from different regions across Europe in different periods within the medieval epoch from c. 850 to c. 1550. The volume both includes studies from archives and collections not often covered in English-language publications, and offers new approaches to more familiar material. It is divided into thematic sections exploring the role of huoseholds in the exercise of power, in controlling the body, in the distribution of wealth and within a wider economy of possessions.

Articles in this volume include:

  • Noble Family Clans and their Urban Distribution in Medieval Trogir, by Irena Benyovsky
  • Chiesa, famiglia e corte: espressioni materiali della cultura politica longobarda, by Barbara Visentin
  • Formation of Identity and Appearance of North Italian Signoral Families in the Fourteenth Century, by Christoph Friedrich Weber
  • Household Practice and Royal Programme in the High Medieval Realms of Aragón, by Marta Vanlandingham
  • Household Narratives and Lancastrian Poetics in Hocclebe's Envoys and Other Early-Fifteenth-Century Middle English Poems, by Jenni Nuttall
  • 'Al nyn array is bliew, what nedeth more?': Gender and the Household in The Assembly of Ladies, by Janet M. Cowen and Jennifer C. Ward
  • 'Had the Hous, for it is myne': Royal and Self-Reform in Older Scots Literature from King Hart (c. 1500) to Lyndsay's Ane Satyre of the Thrie Estaitis (C. 1552), by Joanna Martin
  • The Rule of Youth and the Rule of the Familia in Henry Medwall's Nature, by Fiona S. Dunlop
  • Household Chores in The Doctrine of the Hert: Affective Sprituality and Subjectivity, by Denis Renevey
  • Gendered Household Spaces in Christine de Pizan's Livre des trois vertus, by Karen L. Fresco
  • Governing Bodies: Law Courts, Male Householders, and Single Women in Late Medieval England, by Cordelia Beattie
  • Credit and the Peasant Household Economy in England Before the Black Death: Evidence from a Cambridgeshire Manor, by Chris Briggs
  • Women and Work in the Household Economy: The Social and Linguistic Evidence from Porto, c. 1340 - 1450, by Arnaldo Sousa Melo
  • Les Dynamiques familiales et sociales dans un village de pêcheurs des environs de Porto (1449 - 1497), by Isabel Maria Madureira Franco
  • The Rules of Robert Grosseteste Reconsidered: The Lady as Estate and Household Manager in Thirteenth-Century England, by Louise J. Wilkinson
  • The House of the Rofulos in Ravello: Lay Patronage and Diversification of Domestic Space in Southern Italy, by Jill Caskey
  • The Palazzo of the da Varano Family in Camerino (Fourteenth - Sixteenth Centuries): Typology and Evolution of a Central Italian Aristocratic Residence, by Fiorella Paino
  • Urban Vernacular Housing in Medieval Northern Portugal and the Usefulness of Typologies, by Maria da Concieção Falcão Ferreira and Jane Grenville
  • Some Differences in the Cultural Production of Household Consumption in Three North Kent Communities, c. 1450 - 1550, by Elisabeth Ellen Salter
  • Houses, Shops, and Storage: Building Evidence from Two Kentish Ports, by Sarah Pearson
  • Household Objects and Domestic Ties, by Catherine Richardson
  • The Medieval Peasant at Home: England, 1250 - 1550, by N. W. Alcock
  • The Peasant Domus and Material Culture in Northern Castile in the Later Middle Ages, by Hipólito Rafael Oliva Herrer