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IMC 2009: Sessions

Session 508: Marriage and Gender in the 12th to the 14th Century, I

Tuesday 14 July 2009, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:Canterbury Christ Church University
Organiser:Louise J. Wilkinson, Department of History & American Studies, Canterbury Christ Church University
Moderator/Chair:Philadelphia Ricketts, Independent Scholar, Somerset
Paper 508-aAlien Marriages in 13th-Century England
(Language: English)
Michael Ray, Department of History, King's College London
Index terms: Genealogy and Prosopography, Women's Studies
Paper 508-bMargaret de Burgh: Marriage, Widowhood, and the Pursuit of Prestige in the Life of a 13th-Century Royal Countess
(Language: English)
Susanna Annesley, Department of History, King's College London
Index terms: Gender Studies, Social History, Women's Studies
Paper 508-cMother, Wife, Woman: Cross-Border Marriage and Family Tensions in the Medieval March of Wales
(Language: English)
Emma Cavell, Oriel College, University of Oxford
Index terms: Gender Studies, Women's Studies

Cross-border marriages in the Middle Ages could be fraught with difficulties. They engendered tension and conflict, and the reception of those marrying into a foreign culture might be hostile. This session will explore the marriages between a Scottish princess and her English ducal husband, high-ranking English men and women and their foreign spouses, and the relationship between an English noblewoman and her Welsh marital kin. How these 'foreigners' coped with the demands of marriage and family life away from the country of their birth, and how successful and influential they were, will be a major focus.