IMC 2013: Sessions

Session 1032: Great White Men?: Writing Rulership, Lordship, and Authority in the 12th Century

Wednesday 3 July 2013, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:Bishop's Eye Research Network, University of Lincoln / University of Huddersfield
Organiser:Joanna Huntington, School of History & Heritage, University of Lincoln
Moderator/Chair:Katherine J. Lewis, Department of History, University of Huddersfield
Paper 1032-aThe Dominus Effect?: Margaret of Scotland, Sanctity, and Lordship
(Language: English)
Joanna Huntington, School of History & Heritage, University of Lincoln
Index terms: Gender Studies, Hagiography, Historiography - Medieval, Language and Literature - Latin
Paper 1032-bThe Representation of Childless Kings in William of Tyre's Historia rerum in partibus transmarinis gestarum
(Language: English)
Ashley Sarah Winterbottom-Firth, Division of History, University of Huddersfield
Index terms: Crusades, Gender Studies, Historiography - Medieval, Sexuality

Studies of lordship are often castigated as simply continuing Whig historians’ obsession with Great White Men. Scholars continue, however, to explore fruitfully the nexus of reciprocal expectations which constituted medieval power and authority. Lordship can be identified as a key concern across historical and literary genres. How it was seen to be exercised mattered to those who created much of our extant evidence, and it should therefore continue to matter to us. These papers aim to add further to our understanding of the representation of lordship, thereby contributing to the ongoing lively conversation about what remains an important window into the expectations, aspirations, and anxieties of 12th-century society.