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IMC 2016: Sessions

Session 1333: Queens and Queenship between the Early and Central Middle Ages, II: The 12th and 13th Centuries

Wednesday 6 July 2016, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Exeter
Organiser:Levi Roach, Department of History, University of Exeter
Moderator/Chair:Björn Weiler, Department of History & Welsh History, Aberystwyth University
Respondent:Amalie Fößel, Historisches Institut, Universität Duisburg-Essen
Paper 1333-aInfantas as Queens: Feminine Lineages and Royal Power in 11th- and 12th-Century Iberia
(Language: English)
Lorena Fierro, Department of History, University of Exeter
Index terms: Gender Studies, Genealogy and Prosopography, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 1333-bThe Myth of Abandonment?: Queen Mothers and Child Kings, c. 1150 - c. 1250
(Language: English)
Emily J. Ward, Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge
Index terms: Administration, Gender Studies, Politics and Diplomacy

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.