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"We Are All Servants"- The Diversity of Service in Premodern Europe

Start Date and Time:

Friday, September 20, 2019, 9:00AM

End Date and Time:

Sunday, September 22, 2019, 4:30PM

We are pleased to invite you to our international conference at the Centre for Medieval Studies from 20-22 September 2019. Service in premodern Europe was a ubiquitous phenomenon in daily life but also constituted a key concept for defining relationships between individuals. Servants were men or women, of high or low status, poor or wealthy, children or elderly, Christian, Jewish or Muslim, and with few or great expectations for their future. For some, service was a lifetime occupation but for many it was a finite period in their life cycle. Even kings considered themselves to be servants in relation to God. Our approach seeks to conceive the history of service in the longue durée, starting around 1000, when primary sources become more abundant (thanks to the increasing reliance on written texts) and ending before the turning point of the late seventeenth century, when the conception of service changed significantly. Our approach is both empirical and theoretical: we examine service as a socio-historical reality and as a concept that defines personal and work relationships.

The program of speakers and additional information can be found on our website: We Are All Servants 2019. If you would like to attend, you must register using the link on our website by September 15th. Space is limited, so early registration is advised. If you have any questions, please contact Lane Springer.

Contact Information

Lane Springer

We Are All Servants 2019


Great Hall, 3rd floor at the Centre for Medieval Studies, 125 Queen's Park, Toronto, ON M5S 2C7 view full map




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Heures de Charles d’Angoulême, Paris, BnF, Latin 1173, fol. 1r (end of 15th cent.)