IMC 2012: Sessions

Session 124: Voices, Places, Actions: Constructs of Gendered Authority in the Central Middle Ages

Monday 9 July 2012, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Battle Conference on Anglo-Norman Studies / Haskins Society for Anglo-Saxon, Anglo-Norman, Angevin & Viking History
Organiser:Katherine Weikert, Department of Archaeology / Department of History, University of Winchester
Moderator/Chair:Mark Hagger, School of History, Welsh History & Archaeology, Bangor University
Paper 124-aThe Queen's Speech: William of Malmesbury's Gendered Voices of Authority
(Language: English)
Rebecca Slitt, Department of History, Queen's University, Ontario
Index terms: Gender Studies, Literacy and Orality, Politics and Diplomacy, Rhetoric
Paper 124-bPrivacy, Prestige, and Control: Spatial Constructions of Authority at the Estate in the Central Middle Ages
(Language: English)
Katherine Weikert, Department of Archaeology / Department of History, University of Winchester
Index terms: Archaeology - Sites, Gender Studies, Geography and Settlement Studies, Social History
Paper 124-cNobody Here but Us Rustics: Warriors and Mistaken Identity in the Early and Central Middle Ages
(Language: English)
Ryan Lavelle, Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences, University of Winchester
Index terms: Gender Studies, Mentalities, Military History

The social construction of medieval authority is a multi-faceted issue. This session addresses these constructs in the Anglo-Saxon and Anglo-Norman world from a gender standpoint, examining how authority was constructed, negated, or subverted in relation to feminine and masculine identities. Papers will consider issues of the woman’s voice in public speech, prophesy, and prayer; gendered domestic spaces of status at the estate level; and the expectations and subversion of masculinities in a warrior society. These multi-disciplinary papers discuss not only the shaping of gender and authoritative identities in the central Middle Ages but also how those identities could be maintained or undermined.