IMC 2007: Sessions

Session 104: Queens and Queenship in Portuguese Chronicles

Monday 9 July 2007, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Faculdade de Letras, Universidade de Lisboa
Organiser:Manuela Santos Silva, Faculdade de Letras, Universidade de Lisboa
Moderator/Chair:Manuela Santos Silva, Faculdade de Letras, Universidade de Lisboa
Paper 104-aEarly Medieval Queens of Portugal: The Unknown Queens!
(Language: English)
Maria Lúcia de Oliveira Gonçalves, Faculdade de Letras, Universidade de Lisboa
Index terms: Gender Studies, Historiography - Medieval, Politics and Diplomacy, Women’s Studies
Paper 104-bThe Wicked Queen in Portuguese Chronicles
(Language: English)
Isabel Maria de Pina Baleiras Campos, Faculdade de Letras, Universidade de Lisboa
Index terms: Gender Studies, Historiography - Medieval, Politics and Diplomacy, Women’s Studies
Paper 104-cDistinguishing the Good Queen from the Evil Queen: The Examples of the 15th-Century Portuguese Queen-Consorts
(Language: English)
Pedro Mellado Beirão, Faculdade de Letras, Universidade de Lisboa
Index terms: Gender Studies, Mentalities, Politics and Diplomacy, Women’s Studies
Abstract

This session emerges from a project which main aim was to pick up the image of Portuguese medieval queens and queenship that was transmitted by chronicles, most of them written at the end of Middle Ages or in early modern times.
In most cases, the writers intention in portraying a queen as a specific character is scarcely hidden. Therefore, it is easier to find, within the descriptions, specific types of women than to find out the real truth about those women. However, this survey was only the first step towards a deeper research. And allows us to acknowledge more about some almost unknown characters and also to understand the way late medieval and early modern societies faced female authority, power, and functions.