IMC 2003: Sessions

Session 815: Power in Practice, IV: New Responses to Old Problems in Kingship and Queenship in the Later Middle Ages

Tuesday 15 July 2003, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:Department of History, Seattle University
Organiser:Theresa Earenfight, Department of History, Seattle University
Moderator/Chair:Robert F. Berkhofer, Department of History, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo
Paper 815-aBride Shows in Muscovy and Byzantium
(Language: English)
Russell Martin, Department of History, Westminster College, Pennsylvania
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Gender Studies, Politics and Diplomacy, Women's Studies
Paper 815-bRoyal Justice and Political Expediency in the Aragonese Kingdom of Naples
(Language: English)
Eleni Sakellariou, Department of History & Archaeology, University of Ioannina
Index terms: Law, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 815-cAbsent Kings and Ruling Queens in the Crown of Aragon: Law and Finance and Queen Maria of Castile, 1440-58
(Language: English)
Theresa Earenfight, Department of History, Seattle University
Index terms: Gender Studies, Law, Politics and Diplomacy, Women's Studies

What unites these papers, which seem diverse in terms of geography and subject matter, is that they take up the problem of monarchy in transition in the fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries. The territorial expansion of the Crown of Aragon necessiated innovative responses both in the established territories in Iberia and in the newly conquered kingdom of Naples, resulting in new forms of justice in Naples and greatly empowered queens in Barcelona – both would have long-term impact in both Europe and the New World. The Muscovite court faced the challenge of newly empowered nobles and used the practice of the bride show as both a way to perpetuate a dynasty and, by linking itself to the ancient myths and rituals of the Byzantine empire, to emphasize its own power for the benefit of the Muscovite nobility, which also had implications for the future Russia.