IMC 2003: Sessions

Session 1115: Women of Influence

Wednesday 16 July 2003, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Charles Homer Haskins Society
Organiser:Laura Napran, Pembroke College, University of Cambridge
Moderator/Chair:Judith A. Everard, Fitzwilliam College, University of Cambridge
Paper 1115-aWomen, Influence and the Use of Space in Normandy
(Language: English)
Leonie V. Hicks, Department of History and American Studies, Canterbury Christ Church University
Index terms: Architecture - Secular, Gender Studies, Politics and Diplomacy, Women's Studies
Paper 1115-bThe Paradox of Gender: Female Regents in Northern France
(Language: English)
Laura Napran, Pembroke College, University of Cambridge
Index terms: Gender Studies, Language and Literature - Latin, Politics and Diplomacy, Women's Studies
Paper 1115-cWomen, Marriageand Politics in the Anglo-Welsh Marches, 1066-1250
(Language: English)
Thea Agape Lim, Queens' College, University of Cambridge
Paper 1115-dHow to Make a Good Match: Marriage Strategies of the Late Medieval Nobility in Sweden and Finland
(Language: English)
Anu Lahtinen, Department of History, University of Turku
Index terms: Gender Studies, Social History, Women's Studies
Abstract

The session examines the influence of women as an integral part of power and authority in Northern France and Iceland in the High Middle Ages, in respect to social, political and military roles. Agnes Arnorsdottir will discuss the symbol of strong women in Icelandic sagas and their social role in historical reality. Laura Napran will speak on gender ambiguity in the exercise of authority by female regents in Northern France. Leonie Hicks will examine the use of space in castles by women in Normandy and their consequent participation in political and military affairs.