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IMC 2015: Sessions

Session 721: Renewal, Reform, and Dynastic Legitimacy in Medieval Monarchy

Tuesday 7 July 2015, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Royal Studies Network
Organiser:Elena Woodacre, Department of History, University of Winchester
Moderator/Chair:Elena Woodacre, Department of History, University of Winchester
Paper 721-a'The Marriage Game': The Career of Queen Isabella I of Jerusalem
(Language: English)
Aysu Dinçer, Department of History, University of Warwick
Index terms: Crusades, Politics and Diplomacy, Women's Studies
Paper 721-bPiety and the Power of a Lancastrian Queen: Queen Philippa (1394-1430) in Scandinavia and the Renewal of Female Piety
(Language: English)
Louise Berglund, School of Humanities, Education & Social Sciences, Örebro University
Index terms: Politics and Diplomacy, Religious Life, Women's Studies
Paper 721-cFrom Composite to Compact: Dynastic Renewal and Reform in the Duchy of Lorraine, 1470-1480
(Language: English)
Jonathan Spangler, Department of History, Politics & Philosophy, Manchester Metropolitan University
Index terms: Administration, Politics and Diplomacy

This session brings together three papers from across Europe during the High to Late Middle Ages to illustrate issues of renewal, reform, and dynastic legitimacy in medieval monarchy. The first two papers in the session, on the many marriages of Isabella Queen of Jerusalem and the piety of Philippa Queen of Sweden, demonstrate how queens can be key agents of renewal and reform through their personal piety and by acting as transmitters of royal authority and legitimacy. A third paper investigates the idea of renewal and reform enabling dynastic development and ambition, through the House of Lorraine's efforts to project themselves as a sovereign realm and a legitimate royal dynasty.