Archives de catégorie : Parenté, famille et liens sociaux / Kinship, family and social links

Varley David Hugh, The whirling wheel : the male construction of empowered female identities in Old Norse myth and legend

Varley David Hugh, The whirling wheel : the male construction of empowered female identities in Old Norse myth and legend, Thèse de doctorat soutenue en 2015 (Durham University)

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Laidoner Triin, Ancestors, their worship and the elite in Viking Age and early medieval Scandinavia

Laidoner Triin, Ancestors, their worship and the elite in Viking Age and early medieval Scandinavia, Thèse de doctorat soutenue en 2015 (University of Aberdeen)

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Arley David Hugh, The whirling wheel: the male construction of empowered female identities in Old Norse myth and legend

Arley David Hugh, The whirling wheel: the male construction of empowered female identities in Old Norse myth and legend, Thèse de doctorat soutenue en 2015, (Université de Durham)

Résumé/abstract :

This thesis examines the body of medieval literature associated with Old Norse myth and legend. Though this is a diffuse corpus produced over a long span of time and from a wide geographical area, it is possible to establish connections between texts and to highlight certain recurring narrative patterns that are deeply entrenched in this literary tradition. The specific focus of the present study is to analyse the narrative patterns that characterise the interactions between male and female figures.

It has long been understood that female figures tend to occupy carefully defined social roles in this body of literature, and much work has been done in assessing these. This thesis takes the unique approach of investigating whether these roles can be viewed, not as a product of the mentality of the writers of this literary material, but rather as a product of male characters within the literary narratives themselves. The investigation poses the question of whether men can be seen, through their words, thoughts, and actions, to be responsible for creating female identities. Intimately connected to the concept of identity creation is the idea of power: this thesis will argue that most male attempts to redefine female identity is motivated by a desire to acquire, control, negate, or otherwise alter, the powers possessed by females. Quite often, because fallible males demonstrate an imperfect understanding of female power, there can be a marked disparity between the abilities certain women are thought to possess, and those they actually do. The thesis will examine a large selection of supernatural female figures, across a broad range of literature, ultimately to suggest that the male creation of female power is deeply entrenched in narrative patterns observable in many different contexts.

[Source : http://etheses.dur.ac.uk/11057/]

Thomas Elizabeth, « We have nothing more valuable in our treasury » : royal marriage in England, 1154-1272

Thomas Elizabeth, « We have nothing more valuable in our treasury » : royal marriage in England, 1154-1272, Thèse de doctorat soutenue en 2010, (dir. J. Hudson, Université de St Andrews)

Résumé/abstract :

That kings throughout the entire Middle Ages used the marriages of themselves and their children to further their political agendas has never been in question. What this thesis examines is the significance these marriage alliances truly had to domestic and foreign politics in England from the accession of Henry II in 1154 until the death of his grandson Henry III in 1272. Chronicle and record sources shed valuable light upon the various aspects of royal marriage at this time: firstly, they show that the marriages of the royal family at this time were geographically diverse, ranging from Scotland and England to as far abroad as the Empire, Spain, and Sicily, Most of these marriages were based around one primary principle, that being control over Angevin land-holdings on the continent. Further examination of the ages at which children were married demonstrates a practicality to the policy, in that often at least the bride was young, certainly young enough to bear children and assimilate into whatever land she may travel to. Sons were also married to secure their future, either as heir to the throne or the husband of a wealthy heiress. Henry II and his sons were almost always closely involved in the negotiations for the marriages, and were often the initiators of marriage alliances, showing a strong interest in the promotion of marriage as a political tool. Dowries were often the centre of alliances, demonstrating how much the bride, or the alliance, was worth, in land, money, or a combination of the two. One of the most important aspects for consideration though, was the outcome of the alliances. Though a number were never confirmed, and most royal children had at least one broken proposal or betrothal before their marriage, many of the marriages made were indeed successful in terms of gaining from the alliance what had originally been desired.

[Source : https://research-repository.st-andrews.ac.uk/handle/10023/2001]

Mauduit Christophe, Princes et réseaux de pouvoir dans l’Ouest de la Normandie (XIe -XIIIe siècle)

Mauduit Christophe, Princes et réseaux de pouvoir dans l’Ouest de la Normandie (XIe -XIIIe siècle), (dir. Veronique Gazeau, Université de Caen Basse-Normandie).

En cours depuis 2013/In preparation since 2013

Résumé/abstract :

L’ouest de la Normandie fait souvent figure de parent pauvre dans l’historiographie de la Normandie médiévale. Les seigneurs, laïcs et ecclésiastiques, influents de l’ouest de la Normandie sont mal connus. Leurs installations, souvent initiées par le pouvoir royal, et leurs motivations politiques, personnelles ou religieuses, ainsi que leurs relations n’ont pas été étudiés. Commencer l’étude dans les années 1040 permet d’étudier les transformations politiques engagées par le duc de Normandie, Guillaume, dans l’ouest de la Normandie, tant du point de vue religieux (évêques et fondations d’abbaye) que du point de vue féodal (réorganisation de la hiérarchie seigneuriale). Les rois d’Angleterre, duc de Normandie continuent jusque 1204 d’influer sur cette zone, certes avec des développements et des fluctuations selon les rois : Henri Ier, ancien comte du Cotentin reste toujours proche de cette région, alors que Jean sans terre, pourtant ancien comte de Mortain, n’a pas entretenu de lien particulier. À partir de 1137-1138, les seigneurs s’affirment et mènent des stratégies personnelles aux dépens des princes. Un second tournant débute dans les années 1193-1195. A partir de 1204, la conquête capétienne marque une nouvelle évolution dans les rapports entre le souverain et les détenteurs de pouvoirs locaux. Mais éloignée de la frontière anglo-française, c’est surtout à partir des années 1248-1254, que l’influence royale se fait sentir, notamment avec l’affirmation du pouvoir des représentants du roi, les baillis, qui encadrent progressivement les privilèges des seigneurs laïcs comme ecclésiastiques. Le règne de Philippe III (1270-1285) finit d’intégrer complètement l’ouest de la Normandie dans le domaine royal français, même si dans les textes la différence entre Normannia et Francia est toujours présente. L’ouest de la Normandie, expression volontairement imprécise, correspond toutefois à un espace cohérent. L’aristocratie qui domine cet espace met en place des stratégies matrimoniales au cœur de cette zone, on parle parfois d’aristocratie « bajocasso-cotentinaise ». Le comte de Mortain, comme d’autres seigneurs, est le bienfaiteur d’abbayes tant dans le Cotentin, dans le Bessin que dans l’Avranchin. Au XIIIe siècle, cette cohérence est renforcée par la création du bailliage du Cotentin qui englobe le diocèse de Coutances, d’Avranches, et d’une partie de celui de Bayeux. Les îles anglo-normandes sont comprises dans cette étude, puisque l’archidiaconé des îles dépend de l’évêché de Coutances, et les abbayes normandes y sont fortement implantées. L’historiographie normande a peu traité ces espaces, surtout dans une réflexion sur la volonté des princes d’y affirmer leur présence et leur pouvoir, et sur celles des aristocrates de s’affranchir de l’autorité de ces derniers. Pourtant pour répondre à ces interrogations les sources sont nombreuses, les 21 abbayes couvrant notre espace, ont presque toutes laissées de nombreux actes de la pratique, pour la plupart inédit, qui éclairent les réseaux de pouvoirs. A côté de ces milliers de chartes, les autres sources diplomatiques (actes des ducs de Normandie, des rois de France), les sources littéraires, mais aussi la sigillographie et l’archéologie permettent de discuter ce que l’on sait aujourd’hui de l’intégration d’un territoire à un royaume, et aussi de mieux appréhender la vision que les seigneurs avaient de leur pouvoir, et que les princes avaient de ces territoires.

[source : http://www.theses.fr/s116672]

Profile of a Doomed Elite: The Structure of English Landed Society in 1066

Profile of a Doomed Elite: The Structure of English Landed Society in 1066

Responsable du projet/Project leader :

Christopher Lewis (christopher.p.lewis@kcl.ac.uk)

Établissement principal/Main institution :

King’s College London

Projet en cours/Project in progress

Description :

The project will use innovative methods for interpreting Domesday Book to survey the whole of English landed society on the eve of the Norman Conquest in 1066, identifying landowners at all levels of society from the king and earls down to the parish gentry and even some prosperous peasants.

It may seem astonishing that this has never been done before, since the evidence has existed for more than 900 years. Domesday Book is the most complete survey of any medieval landed society, and provides a unique opportunity to reconstruct the distribution of landed wealth in eleventh-century England. It has been intensively studied, but until now progress has been blocked: the way pre-Conquest landholders are recorded creates major difficulties in identifying and distinguishing individuals of the same name; gathering, comparing, and mapping the evidence by hand has been prohibitively time-consuming; and evidence about landholders in other sources (such as chronicles and charters) has not been systematically pulled together.

Recent research on two fronts has transformed this situation. Publications by Stephen Baxter, Chris Lewis, and others (including in particular Dr Ann Williams, whose research constitutes one of the keystones of the project) have shown that Domesday Book can be used to make many more secure identifications of landowners than had ever been thought possible; and the imminent publication of ‘The Prosopography of Anglo-Saxon England’ (PASE) will allow the evidence to be assembled, mapped, and compared with other sources much more efficiently. PASE will provide a prosopography – that is, a list of everything known – for every person recorded throughout the entire Anglo-Saxon period from the sixth century to the eleventh. It has been based at King’s and the University of Cambridge, and has been funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council over eight years in two phases. The second phase, which was published on 18 August 2010, extended PASE’s coverage of the eleventh century, and made a comprehensive database of Domesday landholders linked to mapping facilities freely available online.

‘Profile of a Doomed Elite’ will build on and refine PASE’s coverage of the late Anglo-Saxon nobility on the eve of its demise. It opens up the prospect of a major breakthrough in our knowledge of the Norman Conquest, one of the defining moments in English and European history.

The project will be implemented and published online by the King’s Department of Digital Humanities.

[Lien/Link : http://www.kcl.ac.uk/artshums/depts/history/research/proj/profile.aspx]

Walsh Rachel, The family network of the earls of Chester

Walsh Rachel, The family network of the earls of Chester, (dir. N. Tringham, P. Morgan, Keele University)

En cours depuis 2013/In preparation since 2013

Aucun résumé retrouvé/No abstract available

[Source : http://www.history.ac.uk/history-online/theses/thesis/in-progress/family-network-earls-chester]

Moore James, The impact of the Norman Conquest on the conquerors

Moore James, The impact of the Norman Conquest on the conquerors: social networks and experiences of the cross-channel empire after 1066, (dir. S. Baxter, King’s College London)

En cours depuis 2014/In preparation since 2014

Aucun résumé retrouvé/No abstract available

[Source : http://www.history.ac.uk/history-online/theses/thesis/in-progress/impact-norman-conquest-conquerors-social-networks-and-experiences-cross]

Moore Gavin, Earls Ranulf III and John le Scot of Chester, a case study, c. 1181-1237

Moore Gavin, Lordly power and lordship: earls Ranulf III and John le Scot of Chester, a case study, c. 1181-1237 (dir. K Hurlock, J. Roche, T. Adams, Manchester Metropolitan University)

En cours depuis 2014/In preparation since 2014

Aucun résumé retrouvé/No abstract available

[Source : http://www.hssr.mmu.ac.uk/research-student-information/current-research-student-profiles/history/]

Lunga Peter, The context and purpose of legendary genealogies in northern England and Iceland c. 1120-c. 1230

Lunga Peter, The context and purpose of legendary genealogies in northern England and Iceland c. 1120-c. 1230, (dir. N. Berend, E. van Houts, University of Cambridge)

En cours depuis 2014/In preparation since 2014

Aucun résumé retrouvé/No abstract available

[Source : http://www.history.ac.uk/history-online/theses/thesis/in-progress/context-and-purpose-legendary-genealogies-northern-england-and-iceland-c]

Kilpi Hanna, The role of lesser aristocratic women in 12th-century England

Kilpi Hanna, The role of lesser aristocratic women in 12th-century England, (dir. S. Marritt, J. Smith, University of Glasgow)

En cours depuis 2013/In preparation since 2013

Résumé/abstract :

My thesis examines the place of lesser aristocratic women in twelfth-century England. Lesser aristocratic women have often been overlooked in modern historiography because it has often been assumed that there is very little evidence of them. Instead, the experiences of all women have been seen as represented in the more substantial evidence of elite secular and religious women. My thesis questions this by focusing on lesser aristocratic women in England, particularly Oxfordshire, Suffolk, and Yorkshire, for which charters provided the main material.

[Source : http://www.gla.ac.uk/schools/humanities/research/students/hannakilpi/index.html]

Aceves Hervin Fernandez, Cohesion and conflict in the Kingdom of Sicily under the two Williams

Aceves Hervin Fernandez, Cohesion and conflict in the Kingdom of Sicily under the two Williams: in search of a prosopographical approach for the study of the regions’ networks of royal courtiers and nobles, (dir. G. Loud, University of Leeds)

En cours depuis 2014/In preparation since 2014

Aucun résumé retrouvé/No abstract available

[Source : http://www.history.ac.uk/history-online/theses/thesis/in-progress/cohesion-and-conflict-kingdom-sicily-under-two-williams-search]

Carlsson Edward, Relationships and networks of power amongst 11th- and 12th-century Norwegian aristocracy

Carlsson Edward, Relationships and networks of power amongst 11th- and 12th-century Norwegian aristocracy, (dir. T. Wills, M. Gelting, University of Aberdeen)

En cours depuis 2014/In preparation since 2014

Aucun résumé retrouvé/No abstract available

[Source : http://www.history.ac.uk/history-online/theses/thesis/in-progress/relationships-and-networks-power-amongst-11th-and-12th-century-norwegian]

Boston Hannah, The honorial baronage of the North Midlands in the long 12th century

Boston Hannah, Lordship and community: the honorial baronage of the North Midlands in the long 12th century, (dir. G. Garnett, University of Oxford)

En cours depuis 2013/In preparation since 2013

Aucun résumé retrouvé/No abstract available

[Source : http://www.history.ac.uk/history-online/theses/thesis/in-progress/lordship-and-community-honorial-baronage-north-midlands-long-12th-century]

The Conqueror’s Commissioners: Unlocking the Domesday Survey of South-Western England

The Conqueror’s Commissioners: Unlocking the Domesday Survey of South-Western England

Responsables du projet/Project leaders :

Julia Crick (julia.crick@kcl.ac.uk), Stephen Baxter (stephen.baxter@spc.ox.ac.uk), Peter Stokes (peter.stokes@kcl.ac.uk)

Établissement principal/Main institution :

King’s College London

Projet en cours/Project in progress

Description :

The Exon Domesday is the earliest manuscript of William the Conqueror’s Domesday survey. Written in the South West nearly 1000 years ago, and housed at Exeter for most or all of its lifetime, it is the most complete and extensive record of the data collected by commissioners working across England at the end of the Conqueror’s reign. It records data for Devon, Cornwall, Dorset, Somerset and Wiltshire before the process of editing and simplification which produced Great Domesday Book, the version of Domesday Book known to all and preserved at the National Archives at Kew. Exon Domesday provides unique information about the landscape and population of these counties in the generation before and after the Norman conquest of 1066. Researchers also hope that Exon Domesday will contain the key to understanding the Domesday survey itself, one of the most remarkable demonstrations of the effectiveness of royal government in the Middle Ages.

The interdisciplinary team, led by Professor Julia Crick (King’s College London), Dr Stephen Baxter (University of Oxford) and Dr Peter Stokes (King’s College London) and supported by a panel of international experts, will subject the manuscript and its contents to intensive scrutiny in an effort to reconstruct how the survey worked and how its results were recorded. Their project will create a freely available digital resource for the use of schools, local historians, and academic researchers across the world. High resolution photography will produce a digital surrogate of Exon Domesday; an accompanying Latin text and English translation will make the text available for the first time; a database will record the detailed findings of the research and a printed companion will also be published to provide a permanent record of the project. The project, designed in association with the Cathedral Library and Archives will be accompanied by public events at the cathedral, a series of talks in other cathedrals and across the South West.

[Lien/Link : http://www.exeter-cathedral.org.uk/content/news/exon-domesday-book-unlocked-for-future-generations.ashx]