Thirteenth Century England XVI
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220 Pages

23.4 x 15.6 cm

4 colour, 3 line illus.

Series: Thirteenth Century England

Series Vol. Number: 16

Imprint: Boydell Press

Thirteenth Century England XVI

Proceedings of the Cambridge Conference, 2015

Edited by Andrew Spencer and Carl Watkins

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Fruits of the most recent research into the "long" thirteenth century.

The idea of uncertainty forms a major theme throughout the essays collected here; they tackle aspects of religious, intellectual, political and social history, highlighting how uncertainty, in many and varied forms, was conceptualized, negotiated and exploited in the particular conditions of the long thirteenth century. A number of the contributions explore understandings of the cosmos and personal salvation, probing the search for certainties on the partof ecclesiastical reformers, practitioners of scriptural exegesis and writers of confessional handbooks; there is also an investigation of the exploitation of ambiguities around the fate of excommunicates. Other pieces turn to politics and society, examining strategies of political legitimation and resistance, the unstable politics of identity, gendered experience and means used to regulate social order. As a whole, the collection thus opens up diverse perspectives on, and approaches to, the experience of uncertainty during a period of rapid and often disorienting change.

Andrew M. Spencer is an Affiliated Lecturer in Medieval History at Cambridge University and a Fellowof Murray Edwards College; Carl Watkins is University Senior Lecturer in Central Medieval History at Cambridge University.

Contributors: Emily Corran, Kenneth Duggan, Lucy Hennings, Felicity Hill, Adrian Jobson, Frédérique Lachaud, Amanda Power, Jessica Nelson, Andrew Spencer, Alice Taylor,
Introduction - Andrew Spencer and Carl S. Watkins
'The Uncertainties of Reformers: Collective Anxieties and Strategic Discourses' or 'The Use of Uncertainty by the 'Reforming' Circle of Adam Marsh' - Amanda Power
Moral Dilemmas in English Confessors' Manuals - Emily Corran
Damnatio Eternae Mortis or Medicinalis Non Mortalis: The Ambiguities of Excommunication in Thirteenth-Century England - Felicity Hill
The Contribution of Thomas Docking to the History of Political Thought - Frédérique Lachaud
Dealing with Inadequate Kingship: Uncertain Responses from Magna Carta to Deposition, 1199-1327 - Andrew Spencer
The Rebel's Four Dilemmas in the Long Thirteenth Century - Adrian L Jobson
The Daughters of William the Lion and Queen Ermengarde - Jessica Nelson
Simon de Montfort and the Ambiguity of Ethnicity in Thirteenth-Century Politics - Lucy Hennings
The Hue and Cry in Thirteenth-Century England - Kenneth Duggan
Recalling Anglo-Scottish Relations in 1291: Historical Knowledge, Monastic Memory, and the Edwardian Inquests - Alice Taylor

Andrew M. Spencer is an Affiliated Lecturer in Medieval History at Cambridge University and Fellow and Senior Tutor of Gonville and Caius College. He is a historian of politics and the constitution of England in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries and has written extensively on the constitutional, political, military and social role of the nobility in particular.

Carl Watkins is Professor in British History at Cambridge University. He is a historian of medieval religious, cultural and political history, concentrating especially on the British Isles in the central and later middle ages, who has also written about death and the supernatural in English culture over a longer chronological span (extending over the middle ages and early modernity).

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Title Details

220 Pages

2.34 x 1.56 cm

4 colour, 3 line illus.

Series: Thirteenth Century England

Series Vol. Number: 16

Imprint: Boydell Press