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The Masculine Self in Late Medieval England

Derek G. Neal


What did it mean to be a man in medieval England? Most would answer this question by alluding to the power and status men enjoyed in a patriarchal society, or they might refer to iconic images of chivalrous knights. While these popular ideas do have their roots in the history of the aristocracy, the experience of ordinary men was far more complicated. Marshalling a wide array of evidence—including legal records, letters, medical sources, and the literature of the period—the author of this book plumbs the social and cultural significance of masculinity during the generations born between the Bl ... More

Keywords: masculinity, medieval England, Black Death, Protestant Reformation, social relations, medieval men, honesty, self-restraint, patriarchal society

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780226569550
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226569598.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Derek G. Neal, author