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Genders and Sexualities in History

Authority, Gender and Emotions in Late Medieval and Early Modern England

Authors: Broomhall, Susan

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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.

About the authors

Kathleen Neal, Monash University, Australia Anne M. Scott, University of Western Australia, Australia Stephanie Downes, University of Melbourne, Australia P. J. P. Goldberg, University of York, UK Merridee L. Bailey, University of Adelaide, Australia Stephanie Tarbin, University of Western Australia, Australia Sarah Randles, University of Melbourne, Australia Diana Barnes, University of Queensland, Australia Amanda L. Capern, University of Hull, UK

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“Authority, Gender and Emotions in Late Medieval and Early Modern England is a rich and wide-ranging collection of essays that addresses the ways men and women negotiated and often manipulated emotion to engage in social, legal, and political life. … this collection will be of interest to anyone concerned with emotional expression and the performativity of gender in relation to the various types of authority that stretch across medieval and early modern divides.” (Katey E. Roden, Renaissance Quarterly, Vol. 69 (4), 2016)



"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

Table of contents (11 chapters)

  • Introduction: Authority, Gender, and Emotions in Late Medieval and Early Modern England

    Broomhall, Susan

    Pages 1-17

  • From Letters to Loyalty: Aline la Despenser and the Meaning(s) of a Noblewoman’s Correspondence in Thirteenth-Century England

    Neal, Kathleen

    Pages 18-33

  • The Role of Exempla in Educating through Emotion: The Deadly Sin of ‘lecherye’ in Robert Mannyng’s Handlyng Synne (1303—1317)

    Scott, Anne M.

    Pages 34-50

  • How to be ‘Both’: Bilingual and Gendered Emotions in Late Medieval English Balade Sequences

    Downes, Stephanie

    Pages 51-65

  • St Richard Scrope, the Devout Widow, and the Feast of Corpus Christi: Exploring Emotions, Gender, and Governance in Early Fifteenth-Century York

    Goldberg, P. J. P.

    Pages 66-83

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Authority, Gender and Emotions in Late Medieval and Early Modern England
Authors
Series Title
Genders and Sexualities in History
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-53116-2
DOI
10.1057/9781137531162
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-53115-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 229
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