IMC 2006: Sessions

Session 208: Breaking Ranks: Male/Female Relations across Divisions of Social Status

Monday 10 July 2006, 14.15-15.45

Organiser:Sharon Farmer, Department of History, University of California, Santa Barbara
Moderator/Chair:Cordelia Beattie, School of History, Classics & Archaeology, University of Edinburgh
Paper 208-aMale Elite Response to Prostitution: The Case of the Filles-Dieu of Paris in the 13th Century
(Language: English)
Keiko Nowacka, King's College London
Index terms: Economics - Urban, Social History, Women’s Studies
Paper 208-bParisian Merchant Women and the Aristocratic/Royal Courts of Northern France and England in the 13th and Early 14th Centuries
(Language: English)
Sharon Farmer, Department of History, University of California, Santa Barbara
Index terms: Economics - Urban, Politics and Diplomacy, Social History, Women’s Studies
Paper 208-cThe Noble and Worthy Lady Lijsbette and Her Merchant Friends: Legal, Economic, and Social Relations across Status and Gender Boundaries
(Language: English)
Shennan Hutton, Department of History, University of California, Davis
Index terms: Economics - Urban, Social History, Women’s Studies
Abstract

This session calls attention to a variety of ways in which medieval people formed social, institutional, and sexual relationships across divisions of both gender and social status. Paper A looks at a network of elite men – an archbishop, a king, and a prominent bourgeois – who founded and supported a religious house for reformed prostitutes. Paper B examines elite female textile and spice merchants, whose relations with aristocratic households were more than simply commercial. Paper C focuses on a Flemish noblewoman who married a member of a powerful Italian banking family that had settled in Flanders, and whose independent financial activities involved a vast network of relations with male merchants.