Male Bondage and the Military Imperative

Harry Berger Jr.

in Manhood, Marriage, and Mischief

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print April 2006 | ISBN: 9780823225569
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823240937 | DOI:
Male Bondage and the Military Imperative

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The institution of the militia guild or civic guard company has a pedigree reaching back to the fourteenth century in the northern Netherlands. Grayson's pointed out that after 1572 the militia guilds in a number of Holland's cities began to acquire political influence precisely because they did not interfere when city authorities declared for William of Orange. The “function” is considerable disagreement among scholars about the extent and importance of the militia's military function. Historians often use the militia portraits as evidence for their characterizations of the militias, and even here there are disagreements. Nanette Salomon has gone so far as to claim that in the visual arts there are “images of women dominating men,” whether in or out of marriage.

Keywords: militia guild; Netherlands; J. C. Grayson; Holland; William of Orange; civic guard; Nanette Salomon; women; men

Chapter.  3690 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literature

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