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IMC 2016: Sessions

Session 1233: Queens and Queenship between the Early and Central Middle Ages, I: The 10th and 11th Centuries

Wednesday 6 July 2016, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Exeter
Organiser:Levi Roach, Department of History, University of Exeter
Moderator/Chair:Alice Hicklin, Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse & Celtic, University of Cambridge
Paper 1233-aHenry II, Cunigunde and the Canon Law of Marriage
(Language: English)
Levi Roach, Department of History, University of Exeter
Index terms: Canon Law, Charters and Diplomatics, Ecclesiastical History, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 1233-bFeed the Birds: Queens, Empresses, and the Politics of Food in the 10th and 11th Centuries
(Language: English)
Megan Welton, Medieval Institute, University of Notre Dame, Indiana
Index terms: Gender Studies, Mentalities, Politics and Diplomacy, Social History
Paper 1233-cRicheza, Queen of Poland: Profiting from Ottonian Descent and Royal Status
(Language: English)
Grzegorz Pac, WydziaƂ Historyczny, Uniwersytet Warszawski
Index terms: Gender Studies, Genealogy and Prosopography, Politics and Diplomacy, Social History

The position of the queen changed in a number of important manners between the early and central Middle Ages: marriage regulations, inheritance patterns and political practices all changed significantly, with major implications for women (and men) in positions of power and responsibility. These sessions tackle different aspects of these developments: the first focuses on the position of the queen during the tenth and earlier eleventh centuries, especially in the Ottonian-Salian Reich and its Polish neighbours; whilst the second takes the story into the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, widening the perspective to include Iberia and the British Isles.