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IMC 2015: Sessions

Session 621: Queens, Princes, and Favourites: Reformers from within the King's Circle, 12th-14th Centuries

Tuesday 7 July 2015, 11.15-12.45

Organiser:Paul R. Dryburgh, The National Archives, London
Moderator/Chair:Louise J. Wilkinson, School of Humanities, Canterbury Christ Church University
Paper 621-aErmengarde de Beaumont and the Renewal of Queenship in 12th-Century Scotland
(Language: English)
Jessica Nelson, The National Archives, Kew
Index terms: Administration, Gender Studies, Politics and Diplomacy, Women's Studies
Paper 621-bThe Lord Edward's Lordship of the Honour of Chester during the Baronial Movement of Reform, 1258-1267
(Language: English)
Rodolphe Billaud, School of Humanities, Canterbury Christ Church University
Index terms: Administration, Military History
Paper 621-cThe Power Behind the Throne: The Favourite as Reformer in Early 14th-Century England
(Language: English)
Paul R. Dryburgh, The National Archives, London
Index terms: Administration, Politics and Diplomacy

This session will look at reform and renewal from three complementary angles, focusing on individuals who initially gained power through their relationships with the king, and how they were able to exercise that power. Dr Jessica Nelson will look at the reform and renewal of queenship in Scotland after the marriage of William the Lion and Ermengarde in 1186, which established a queen after a gap of half a century. Rodolphe Billaud will look at the lordship of the Lord Edward in the honour of Chester during the period of baronial reform in the 13th century, and Dr Paul Dryburgh will consider the reforming role of 'favourites' in the early 14th century.