IMC 2013: Sessions

Session 532: New Frontiers in Medieval Prosopography, I: Prosopographical Approaches to the Study of Medieval Women

Tuesday 2 July 2013, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:Journal of Medieval Prosopography
Organiser:Amy Livingstone, Department of History, Wittenberg University, Ohio
Moderator/Chair:Joel Rosenthal, Department of History, State University of New York, Stony Brook
Paper 532-aDoing Business with the Crown: Female Agency in Angevin England
(Language: English)
RaGena C. DeAragon, Department of History, Gonzaga University, Spokane, Washington
Index terms: Charters and Diplomatics, Gender Studies, Genealogy and Prosopography, Women's Studies
Paper 532-bSisterly Relations in the Portuguese Royal Family, 1200-1272
(Language: English)
Miriam Shadis, Department of History, Ohio University
Index terms: Gender Studies, Genealogy and Prosopography, Women's Studies
Paper 532-cAll the Queen's Ladies: Philippa of Hainault's Female Attendants
(Language: English)
Caroline Dunn, Department of History, Clemson University, South Carolina
Index terms: Gender Studies, Genealogy and Prosopography, Social History, Women's Studies

One of the great frustrations historians of the medieval world in general face is a paucity of sources. This issue become exponentially more difficult when trying to write the history of medieval women who seldom left enough material behind to reconstruct a ‘biography’ of their lives. Prosopography, or collective biography, has proved a useful tool for teasing out the lives of the women of the Middle Ages. The three papers on this panel will explore how prosopography has fleshed out the lives of English aristocratic women, Portugese Royal Women and the ladies who attended Philippa of Hainault. These papers will demonstrate how prosopographical methods have allowed these scholars to answer questions that had previously been impossible to address.