in The Masculine Self in Late Medieval England

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print December 2008 | ISBN: 9780226569550
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226569598 | DOI:

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This introductory chapter discusses the theme of this book, which is about the concept of masculinity in medieval England. Evidence from a variety of sources shows how much a masculine identity in late medieval England depended on a social presence. Being a man meant being present, visible, and accepted among and interacting with a community of other males in the formal and informal structures of a man's immediate community. Modern associations of masculinity with control, dominance, or competitive aggressive actualization of self fail to convey the texture of the late medieval masculine world.

Keywords: masculinity; medieval England; masculine identity; social presence; control; dominance; actualization of self

Chapter.  4620 words. 

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500)

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