Necessary Conjunctions: The Social Self in Medieval England

  • Authors
  • David¬†Gary¬†Shaw

Part of the The New Middle Ages book series (TNMA)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. David Gary Shaw
    Pages 1-20
  3. David Gary Shaw
    Pages 21-45
  4. David Gary Shaw
    Pages 47-68
  5. David Gary Shaw
    Pages 69-91
  6. David Gary Shaw
    Pages 93-119
  7. David Gary Shaw
    Pages 121-144
  8. David Gary Shaw
    Pages 145-163
  9. David Gary Shaw
    Pages 165-196
  10. David Gary Shaw
    Pages 197-206
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 207-292

About this book


Necessary Conjunctions is an original study of how regular medieval people created their public social identities. Focusing especially on the world of English townspeople in the later Middle Ages, the book explores the social self, the public face of the individual. It gives special attention to how prevalent norms of honor, fidelity and hierarchy guided and were manipulated by medieval citizens. With variable success, medieval men and women defined themselves and each other by the clothes they work, the goods they cherished, as well as by their alliances and enemies, their sharp tongues and petty violence. Employing a highly interdisciplinary methodology and an original theory makes it possible to see how personal agency and identity developed within the framework of later medieval power structures.


England history social history

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc. 2005
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, New York
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-73357-6
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-06791-3
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