IMC 2015: Sessions

Session 1716: Keeping It in the Family: Intergenerational Relationships, Power, and the Control of Lands in Medieval Western Europe

Thursday 9 July 2015, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Network for Gender & Legal History, Centre for Gender & Women's Studies, Trinity College Dublin / History of Women in Medieval Ireland, Wales & Scotland
Organiser:Linsey F. Hunter, Centre for History, University of the Highlands & Islands, Dornoch
Moderator/Chair:Alice Taylor, Department of History, King's College London
Paper 1716-aChild Kingship in the Kingdom of the Scots, c. 1150 - c. 1250
(Language: English)
Emily J. Ward, Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge
Index terms: Charters and Diplomatics, Gender Studies, Law
Paper 1716-bThe Inheritance and Legacy of Beatrix (a Priest's Daughter), c. 1130s, in the Diocese of Bayeux, Normandy
(Language: English)
Hazel Freestone, Faculty of History, University of Cambridge
Index terms: Administration, Charters and Diplomatics, Law, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 1716-cThe 'Exceptional Woman', Social Transition, and Generational Breaks in Anglo-Scottish Charters, c. 1150 - c. 1250
(Language: English)
Linsey F. Hunter, Centre for History, University of the Highlands & Islands, Dornoch
Index terms: Charters and Diplomatics, Gender Studies
Abstract

This session explores the legal and political nature of intergenerational relationships within high medieval Scotland, England, and Normandy as evidenced by charters or other legal documents. Paper -a examines the lives of child kings, and presents the subtle and complex nature of youthful power in connection to older members of the community or family. Paper -b presents a rich case study of the familial control of clerical lands, and the myriad ways in which canon law was subverted. Paper -c considers the moment between generations, and draws conclusions about how they are perceive in terms of agency and control.