Session Title

Loving Relations: Familial Love in the Medieval World ca. 600-1250

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Special Session

Organizer Name

Amber Handy

Organizer Affiliation

Mississippi Univ. for Women

Presider Name

Amber Handy

Paper Title 1

Bromance: Foster Brothers in Medieval Irish Literature

Presenter 1 Name

Lahney Preston-Matto

Presenter 1 Affiliation

Adelphi Univ.

Paper Title 2

"She Who Rests on His Breast": Love between Husband and Wife according to Rabbinical Responsa from Provence and Catalonia

Presenter 2 Name

Koryakina Nadezda

Presenter 2 Affiliation

Univ. de Nantes

Paper Title 3

Brothers and Sisters: Sibling Bonds in Early Medieval Letters, ca. 700-900

Presenter 3 Name

Hailey LaVoy

Presenter 3 Affiliation

Univ. of Notre Dame

Paper Title 4

The Hearts of Men: Aristocratic Men and Their Familial Relations

Presenter 4 Name

Amy Livingstone

Presenter 4 Affiliation

Wittenberg Univ.

Start Date

9-5-2013 3:30 PM

Session Location

Schneider 1220

Description

This session will focus on descriptions of love within the family between c. 600-1250. Familial love was a social and cultural foundation, described by some medieval authors as the microcosm for wider social order and interaction. It was also a model used to portray the close bonds of religious relationships, such as the ties between monk and abbot, layperson and priest, or human and God. Descriptions of familial love also have much to offer scholars interested in medieval gender, as expressions of love vary based on the gender, age, and relative power dynamic of the parties involved.

Within this session we hope to discover how love was expressed or enacted between parents and children, spouses, and siblings in natal, adoptive and foster families. This interdisciplinary panel will reflect the various ways that familial love is described in the textual and material culture of the early and central medieval world. The aim of the panel is to bring together scholars who wish to explore how expressions of love and family bonds can deepen our understanding of the literature and emotional, social, cultural, and political history of the early and central Middle Ages.

Amber Handy

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May 9th, 3:30 PM

Loving Relations: Familial Love in the Medieval World ca. 600-1250

Schneider 1220

This session will focus on descriptions of love within the family between c. 600-1250. Familial love was a social and cultural foundation, described by some medieval authors as the microcosm for wider social order and interaction. It was also a model used to portray the close bonds of religious relationships, such as the ties between monk and abbot, layperson and priest, or human and God. Descriptions of familial love also have much to offer scholars interested in medieval gender, as expressions of love vary based on the gender, age, and relative power dynamic of the parties involved.

Within this session we hope to discover how love was expressed or enacted between parents and children, spouses, and siblings in natal, adoptive and foster families. This interdisciplinary panel will reflect the various ways that familial love is described in the textual and material culture of the early and central medieval world. The aim of the panel is to bring together scholars who wish to explore how expressions of love and family bonds can deepen our understanding of the literature and emotional, social, cultural, and political history of the early and central Middle Ages.

Amber Handy