Youth and Age in the Medieval North

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Shannon Lewis-Simpson
BRILL, 2008 - History - 308 pages
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Following from themes explored during the 2005 International Medieval Congress on a ~Youth and Agea (TM), this interdisciplinary volume focuses upon social, cultural and biological aspects of being young and old in the medieval north. The contributors progress definitions of young and old in the north, taking into account changing mentalities as a result of political and cultural transformations such as the Christianisation of the north. This book invites discourse on youth and age amongst medieval archaeologists, historians, and philologists, while introducing particularities of medieval research to sociologists and gerontologists working within other periods and areas. The contributors, representing both established and up-and-coming scholars in the field, showcase the diverse issues that surround interdisciplinary studies of youth and age. Contributors are Christina Lee, Lotta Mejsholm, Berit J. Sellevold, Anna Hansen, Bernadine McCreesh, Joanna A. SkA3rzewska, Nic Percivall, Carolyne Larrington, Philadelphia Ricketts, Jordi SAnchez-MartA-, JA3n ViAar SigurAsson, Shannon Lewis-Simpson, Armann Jakobsson, and Yelena Sesselja HelgadA3ttir Yershova
 

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Contents

The Challenges of Quantifying Youth and Age in the Medieval North Shannon LewisSimpson
1
Child Burial in AngloSaxon England Christina Lee
17
Constructions of Early Childhood at the Syncretic Cemetery of Fjälkingea Case Study Lotta Mejsholm
37
Child Burials and Childrens Status in Medieval Norway Berit J Sellevold
57
Fosterage and Dependency in Medieval Iceland and its Signifi cance in Gísla saga Anna Hansen
73
The Birth Childhood and Adolescence of the Early Icelandic Bishops Bernadine McCreesh
87
Medieval Icelandic Children in Vernacular Miracle Stories Joanna A Skórzewska
103
The Structures and Boundaries of Adolescence in Twelfth and ThirteenthCentury Iceland Nic Percivall
127
Grandmothers and Familial Identity in Twelfth and ThirteenthCentury Iceland Philadelphia Ricketts
167
Age Matters in Old English Literature Jordi SánchezMartí
205
Becoming Old Ageism and Taking Care of the Elderly in Iceland c 9001300 Jón Viôar Sigurôsson
227
Old Age in VikingAge Britain Shannon LewisSimpson
243
Myth and Reality Ármann Jakobsson
265
a Viking Poet as a Child and an Old Man Yelena Sesselja Helgadóttir Yershova
285
Index
305
Copyright

Male Maturation in Norse Literature Carolyne Larrington
151

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Shannon Lewis-Simpson, Ph.D. (2005) in Early Medieval Studies, University of York, teaches at Memorial University, St. John's, Newfoundland. She researches aspects of cultural identity and interaction in the Viking-Age North Atlantic.

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