An Exploration of Conformity to Medieval Male and Female Roles in the Chronicle of Alfonso X
Stoss, Laura R.
Gender is constructed by the society in which one lives, and due to this notion, it is essential to research and analyze the implications of being male or female during specific time periods. The Middle Ages is often labeled as a patriarchal society because of the rigid roles that assigned men to the public sphere, and women to the private. Males dominated feudal society, which was defined by the three orders of society (those who pray, fight, and work). Men were expected to exude dominance in order to be considered masculine, in terms of women, war, and authority. Though we know that women intervened within these orders of society, they were undoubtedly restricted to the private sphere and left out of the hierarchy. Instead, women were confined to the roles of mother, widow, or virgin. My project focuses on the royal sphere of medieval society, exploring whether or not kings and queens were restricted to the same, stringent roles that the Middle Ages was centered around. By analyzing the Chronicle of Alfonso X, I look at how male and female identities are represented. In order to portray these historical figures as an ideal male or female the chronicler explores what signified the archetypical mold of each gender to determine whether or not Alfonso X and Queen Violante did in fact conform to the traditional norms of medieval masculinity and femininity. Most importantly, it is vital to my research to look at the bias of the narrator of the chronicle and how his status and purpose in writing Alfonso's chronicle affected how the characters are delineated.
Stoss, Laura R.. (January 2013). An Exploration of Conformity to Medieval Male and Female Roles in the Chronicle of Alfonso X (Undergraduate Thesis, East Carolina University). Retrieved from the Scholarship. (http://hdl.handle.net/10342/1701.)
Stoss, Laura R.. An Exploration of Conformity to Medieval Male and Female Roles in the Chronicle of Alfonso X. Undergraduate Thesis. East Carolina University, January 2013. The Scholarship. http://hdl.handle.net/10342/1701. March 19, 2019.
Stoss, Laura R., “An Exploration of Conformity to Medieval Male and Female Roles in the Chronicle of Alfonso X” (Undergraduate Thesis., East Carolina University, January 2013).
Stoss, Laura R.. An Exploration of Conformity to Medieval Male and Female Roles in the Chronicle of Alfonso X [Undergraduate Thesis]. Greenville, NC: East Carolina University; January 2013.
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