IMC 2012: Sessions

Session 833: Scope and Range of Power

Tuesday 10 July 2012, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:Mittelalterliche Geschichte, Universität Kassel
Organiser:Stefanie Dick, Mittelalterliche Geschichte, Universität Kassel
Moderator/Chair:Ingrid Baumgärtner, Mittelalterliche Geschichte, Universität Kassel
Paper 833-aCrusaders' Wives: Gender and Power in the 11th and 12th Century
(Language: English)
Melanie Panse, Historisches Institut, Universität Duisburg-Essen
Index terms: Crusades, Gender Studies
Paper 833-bThe Influence of Late Medieval Royal Widows
(Language: English)
Stefanie Dick, Mittelalterliche Geschichte, Universität Kassel
Index terms: Gender Studies, Law, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 833-cGentrywomen's Agency in Matchmaking and Marriage Practices
(Language: English)
Sabrina Funkner, Mittelalterliche Geschichte, Universität Kassel

Today the old topos of medieval women lacking rights is obsolete. Many examples show that women acted legally effectively in medieval societies and received acceptance. Still, the question remains what circumstances constituted this acceptance, and what its limits were. The session will discuss this point on three social levels: crusaders’ wives in the 11th and 12th century, late medieval royal widows and the female members of the 15th-century Paston family.