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Please note that this will be an in-person session only.

Societies, communities and individuals across medieval Europe used perceptions, markers and memories of adolescence to express ideas about what it meant to ‘belong’. Between the eleventh and thirteenth centuries, age was not necessarily the most prominent aspect in constructions and experiences of belonging, but adolescence played an undeniably important role, helping to shape young people’s access to political and economic power and dictating customs and rules for their behaviours and actions. The navigation of competing social bonds became far more pressing during the years of adolescence, and acceptance within a certain group or community could require adolescents to define (or indeed deny) aspects of their identity more publicly. This talk centres the lives of young people in north-western Europe between c. 1050 and c. 1250 to shed light on overlapping aspects of institutional, personal, familial, lordly, political and pedagogical belonging.

All welcome- this seminars is free to attend but registration is required.