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Jaqueline Murray's New Book! Premodern Masculinities in Transition

Posted on Tuesday, March 5th, 2024

book cover Premodern Masculinities

Dr. Jacqueline Murray has just co-edited with Konrad Eisenbichler a new volume: Premodern Masculinites in Transition (Boydel and Brewer 2024). Congratulations from all of us!

from the jacket:

Premodern Masculinities in Transition sheds new light on how masculinity was understood, lived, performed and viewed during a period of huge change.

Premodern masculinity was multivalent and dynamic, a series of intersecting, conflicting, and mutating identities that nevertheless were distinct and recognizable to people and their societies. The articles collected here examine a variety of means by which masculinity was constructed, deconstructed, and transformed across time, geographies, and cultures. Articles range across the twelfth to seventeenth century, from western Europe to the Volga-Ural region, from the Christian west to the Muslim east, from Ottomans to Mongols and Persians, from Baudri of Bourgueil to Blaise de Monluc; while topics include the chivalric hero, the effeminate man, beards, and spurs, represented variously in literature, historical documents, and art. Finally, in that period of great transformation that is the sixteenth century, they show how masculinity moved away from the traditional and recognizable to become something different and distinct from its premodern expressions.