1st Edition

The Ties that Bind Essays in Medieval British History in Honor of Barbara Hanawalt

    This collection of essays, whose title echoes that of her most well-known book, celebrates the career of Barbara A. Hanawalt, emerita George III Professor of British Studies at The Ohio State University. The volume's contents -- ranging from politics to family histories, from intimate portraits to extensive prosopographies -- are authored by both former students and career-long colleagues and friends, and reflect the wide range of topics on which Professor Hanawalt has written as well as her varied methodological approaches and disciplinary interests. The essays also mirror the variety of sources Professor Hanawalt has utilized in her work: public documents of the law courts and chancery; private deeds, charters, and wills; works of both religious and secular literature. The collection not only illustrates and reinforces the influence of Barbara Hanawalt's work on modern-day medieval studies, it is also a testament to her inspiring friendship and guidance during a career that has now spanned more than three decades.

    Contents: Introduction, Linda E. Mitchell, Katherine L. French, and Douglas L. Biggs; The alien clothworkers of London, 1337-1381, Jonathan Good; The bonds of trade: the port of Southampton and the merchants of Winchester and Salisbury, Susan Duxbury; The mayor's body, Benjamin R. McRee; What is a nice (13th century) English woman doing in the king's courts?, Janet Loengard; Even money that your bishop has come and gone: episcopal appointments and translations in 14th- and 15th-century England, Joel Rosenthal; Identifying chaste widows: documenting a religious vocation, Susan Steuer; The anonymous heroine: Aelred of Rievaulx's Rule for his sister, Laura Michele Diener; Maud Marshal and Margaret Marshal: two viragos extraordinaire, Linda E. Mitchell; Patronage, preference and survival: the life of Lady Margaret Sarnesfield, c.1381-c.1444, Douglas L. Biggs; Margery Kempe and the parish, Katherine L. French; The Berenger family's experience of the Peasants' Revolt, Anne Reiber DeWindt; Unbounded affection: the complex intimacies of 'simple' peasants after the Black Death, Madonna J. Hettinger; Index.


    Linda E. Mitchell is Martha Jane Phillips Starr / Missouri Distinguished Professor of Women's and Gender Studies, and Professor of History at the University of Missouri - Kansas City, USA; Katherine L. French is Professor in the Department of History, State University of New York at New Paltz, USA; Douglas L. Biggs is Associate Professor in the Department of History, University of Nebraska - Kearney, USA

    "All together, this volume is a fitting tribute to the life and work of Barbara Hanawalt. There is no one working in late medieval England today whose methods and conclusions are uninformed by Hanawalt’s work, and as these essays show, her methods and legacy will be adaptable to the next generation of medieval studies." - Lois L. Huneycutt, Medieval Institute Publications