IMC 2004: Sessions

Session 1306: Between Men: Queens, Consorts, and Prostitutes

Wednesday 14 July 2004, 16.30-18.00

Moderator/Chair:Patricia Cullum, Department of History, University of Huddersfield
Paper 1306-aThree Byzantine Princesses in Medieval Austria
(Language: English)
Andreas Rhoby, Kommission für Byzantinistik, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien
Index terms: Byzantine Studies
Paper 1306-bWhy Marry an English Girl?: The Marriage of Llywelyn ap Iowerth and Joan of England
(Language: English)
Dianne Myers, Centre for Celtic Studies, University of Sydney
Index terms: Politics and Diplomacy, Social History
Paper 1306-cPastoral Care of Beguines and Prostitutes in 13th-Century Paris
(Language: English)
Keiko Nowacka, King's College London
Index terms: Religious Life, Sermons and Preaching, Women's Studies

session grouped by Diane Watt (7/11/03):
Abstract paper -a:
From ca. 1150 to 1230, three Byzantine princesses were married to Austria. The first one became the wife of duke Henry II. The second was married to duke Leopold VI in 1203. The last one about whom we barely possess any information was the wife of Leopold’s son Frederick II from 1226 to 1229. The following questions shall play a vital role in my paper: who were these princesses? What kind of information about their life in medieval Austria can we find in the sources? How important was their role in the relations between Byzantium and Central Europe?
Abstract paper -b:
This paper will look at the following issues:
– Discussion regarding the political reasons behind the marriage negotiations between King Johgn and Llywelyn
– What did Llywelyn hope to gain from such a marriage and alliance with England?
– How did Joan cope with court life in Wales and what did the Welsh think of her?
– How was she received by llywelyn’s Welsh children?
– How did it all end?
Furthermore, I will discuss the cultural differences between Wales and England in the 13th century.
Abstract paper -c:
In my paper I shall look at clerical debates on, and changes in, the pastoral care of prostitutes and beguines in 13th-century Paris. In the writings of Peter the Chanter and his students, Jacques de Vitry and Thomas Chobham, and other leading clerics of this period, a more liberal attitude towards these ‘marginal’ women can be discerned. Paralleling this shift in clerical thought was the establishment of ‘welfare programs’ by secular and ecclesiastical bodies which comprised mainly of the foundation of institutions designed ostensibly to either ‘protect’ or ‘reform’ these women. To what extent however, should this subtle change in attitude be considered the products of ‘compassion’ or liberality? Or was it insprired by a need to control this group of very visible women living very publicly in society? My paper shall attempt to answer these two problematic questions.