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									The Masculine Self in Late Medieval England
Author: Derek Neal
Table of Contents

AcknowledgmentsNote on Primary SourcesIntroduction Chapter 1 False Thieves and True Men Masculine
Identity Formation in a Society of Stresses The Unknown Majority Manhood in the Towns Livelihood,
Reputation, and Conflict False Thieves The Language of the Common Voice (and Fame) True Men Ideal
and Reality The Legal Rhetoric of MasculinityChapter 2 Husbands and Priests Husbandry (I): Pollers,
Extorcioners, and Adulterers Substance Pollers and Extorcioners Polling, Cutting, and Loss of
Substance Adulterers Husbandry (II): The Household from Inside Adulteresses Wives and Servants
Priests versus Husbands, Priests as Husbands Clergy in English Society Conflict The Social Meaning of
Celibacy The Rector and the Bailiff Clergymen and the Household Blaming the Friars Celibacy and
Gender Identity: What Was the Real Problem?Chapter 3 Sex and Gender: The Meanings of the Male
Body From Physiology to Personality Medieval Maleness: Form and Meaning Manliness and
Attractiveness From Phallus to Penis (or Vice Versa?) Husbandly Sexuality An Incomplete Husband The
Male Body in Action The Uses of Misrule Dress The Dangers of the TongueChapter 4 Toward the Private
Self: Desire, Masculinity, and Middle English RomanceHistory, Fiction, and Literature The Literary
Subject The Romance of Masculinity All Her Fault The Dangers of Desire Narcissistic Masculinity and
the Rape of Melior Mothers Lovers Invisible and Unspeakable Fathers Unknown and Forbidden The Father
Unknown: Bevis of Hampton Better the Nightmare You Know: Lybeaus Desconus Father Forbidden,
Father Created: Of Arthour and of Merlin Emplotted Desire: Sir Perceval of Galles Desire and Dread: Sir
Gawain and the Green Knight Beyond Narcissism? Ywain and GawainConclusion What Has This
Historian Done with Masculinity? Chronology The Other HalfNotesBibliographyIndex

What did it mean to be a man in medieval England? Most would answer this question by alluding to the
power and status men enjoyed in a patriarchal society, or they might refer to iconic images of chivalrous
knights. While these popular ideas do have their roots in the history of the aristocracy, the experience of
ordinary men was far more complicated. Marshalling a wide array of colorful evidence—including legal
records, letters, medical sources, and the literature of the period—Derek G. Neal here plumbs the social
and cultural significance of masculinity during the generations born between the Black Death and the
Protestant Reformation. He discovers that social relations between men, founded on the ideals of honesty
and self-restraint, were at least as important as their domination and control of women in defining their
identities. By carefully exploring the social, physical, and psychological aspects of masculinity, The
Masculine Self in Late Medieval England offers a uniquely comprehensive account of the exterior and
interior lives of medieval men.
Author Bio
Derek Neal
Derek G. Neal is assistant professor of history at Nipissing University in Ontario, Canada.

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