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Authority, gender and emotions in late medieval and early modern England

Authority, gender and emotions in late medieval and early modern England

Broomhall, Susan, editor

This collection explores how situations of authority, governance, and influence were practised through both gender ideologies and affective performances in late medieval and early modern England. This collection explores how situations of authority, governance, and influence were practised through both gender ideologies and affective performances in medieval and early modern England. Authority is inherently relational it must be asserted over someone who allows or is forced to accept this dominance. The capacity to exercise authority is therefore a social and cultural act, one that is shaped by social identities such as gender and by social practices that include emotions. The contributions in this volume, exploring case studies of women and men's letter-writing, political and ecclesiastical governance, household rule, exercise of law and order, and creative agency, investigate how gender and emotions shaped the ways different individuals could assert or maintain authority, or indeed disrupt or provide alternatives to conventional practices of authority

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Published Basingstoke, Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015

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Statement of responsibility: edited by Susan Broomhall
ISBN: 1137531169, 9781137531162
Physical Description: 256 pages
Series: Genders and sexualities in history
Subject: Society.; Great Britain History Medieval period, 1066-1485.; European history; General & world history; Authority Social aspects Great Britain History.; Psychology: emotions; England; Gender studies, gender groups; 16th century, c 1500 to c 1599; c 1000 CE to c 1500; Society & culture: general; Social role Great Britain History.; United Kingdom, Great Britain; Emotions Social aspects Great Britain.; Europe; Social & cultural history; Sex role Great Britain History.
Reproduction: Electronic reproduction. Askews and Holts. Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Series Title: Genders and sexualities in history.
Other formats: Also available in printed form ISBN 9781137531155

Contents

  1. Introduction: Authority, Gender and Emotions in Late Medieval and Early Modern England
  2. Susan Broomhall1. From Letters to Loyalty: Aline la Despenser and the Meaning(s) of a Noblewoman's Correspondence in Thirteenth-Century England
  3. Kathleen Neal2. The Role of Exempla in Educating through Emotion: The Deadly Sin of 'Lecherye' in Robert Mannyng's Handlyng Synne (1303-1317)
  4. Anne M. Scott3. How to be 'Both': Bilingual and Gendered Emotions in Late Medieval English Balade Sequences
  5. Stephanie Downes4. St Richard Scrope, the Devout Widow, and the Feast of Corpus Christi: Exploring Emotions, Gender, and Governance in Early Fifteenth-Century York
  6. P. J. P. Goldberg5. Anxieties with Political and Social Order in Fifteenth-Century England
  7. Merridee L. Bailey6. Raising Girls and Boys: Fear, Awe and Dread in the Early Modern Household
  8. Stephanie Tarbin7. Authority in the French Church in Later Sixteenth-Century London
  9. Susan Broomhall8. 'The Pattern of All Patience': Gender, Agency, and Emotions in Embroidery and Pattern Books in Early Modern England
  10. Sarah Randles9. A Subject for Love in The Merry Wives of Windsor
  11. Diana Barnes10. Emotions, Gender Expectations and the Social Role of Chancery, 1550-1650
  12. Amanda L. Capern

Author note

Susan Broomhall is Professor of Early Modern History at The University of Western Australia, Australia and was a Foundation Chief Investigator in the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions, 1100-1800. She is the author of a series of works that explore gender, and more recently emotions, in early modern France, the Low Countries, and, through stranger communities, England.

Description

This collection explores how situations of authority, governance, and influence were practised through both gender ideologies and affective performances in medieval and early modern England. Authority is inherently relational - it must be asserted over someone who allows or is forced to accept this dominance. The capacity to exercise authority is therefore a social and cultural act, one that is shaped by social identities such as gender and by social practices that include emotions. The contributions in this volume, exploring case studies of women and men's letter-writing, political and ecclesiastical governance, household rule, exercise of law and order, and creative agency, investigate how gender and emotions shaped the ways different individuals could assert or maintain authority, or indeed disrupt or provide alternatives to conventional practices of authority.

Reviews

"This ground-breaking collection brings together a series of fine essays which explore the interchange between emotions, authority and influence, especially in a gendered context, in late medieval and early modern England. It will be compulsory reading for students and scholars who want to start exploring this fascinating new field." - Christopher Fletcher, CNRS-University of Paris I (Panthéon-Sorbonne), France