CFP: Edited Volume, Images of Flaying in the Middle Ages

Deadline: 1 October 2013

Editor: Larissa Tracy

From images of Saint Bartholomew holding his skin in his arms, to scenes of grisly execution in Havelok the Dane, to laws that prescribed it as a punishment for treason, this volume explores the gruesome practice of skin removal—flaying—in the Middle Ages. This volume examines the widely diverse examples of this grisly practice, and explores the layered responses to skin-removal in art, history, literature, manuscript studies and law. How common was this punishment in practice? How does art reflect spiritual response? How is flaying, in any form, used to further political or religious goals? The papers in this volume will literally get beneath the skin of medieval sensibilities regarding punishment and sacrifice in a nuanced discussion of medieval flaying.

Abstracts covering any aspect of literal skin removal from late antiquity to the early modern period will be considered.

We are particularly interested in articles dealing with manuscript production, historical accounts, medieval law, and romance texts like Havelok the Dane and the Auchinleck King Richard Coeur de Lyon.

* Please submit abstracts of 250 words by 1 October 2013 to Larissa Tracy ( or

* Please include your affiliation and brief bio with your abstract.

* Please include your last name in the file name.


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