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IMC 2016: Sessions

Session 1533: Writing Women's Letters, I: Nobility and National Identity

Thursday 7 July 2016, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:Epistolae: Medieval Women's Letters Database
Organiser:Kathryn Maude, Centre for Late Antique & Medieval Studies, King's College London
Moderator/Chair:Hana Videen, Department of English, King's College London
Paper 1533-aThe Letters of Some Queens from the House of Barcelona as an Example of Relationships between Courtiers and of Political Action
(Language: English)
Mª Elisa Varela-Rodríguez, Departament d'Història i Història de l'Art / Institut de Recerca Històrica, Universitat de Girona
Núria Jornet-Benito, Departament de Biblioteconomia, Documentació i Comunicació Audiovisual / Institut de Recerca en Cultures Medievals, Universitat de Barcelona
Index terms: Charters and Diplomatics, Language and Literature - Spanish or Portuguese, Politics and Diplomacy, Women's Studies
Paper 1533-bAmor et Virginitas: Addressing Women in Baudri of Bourgueil's Verse Epistles
(Language: English)
Diana Marie Jeske, Centre for Medieval & Renaissance Studies, Monash University, Victoria
Index terms: Gender Studies, Language and Literature - Latin, Religious Life, Women's Studies
Paper 1533-cThe Letters of Elizabeth Cressener to Thomas Cromwell: Communal Negotiation of a Pre-Dissolution English Convent
(Language: English)
Elizabeth Goodwin, Department of History, University of Sheffield
Index terms: Gender Studies, Women's Studies

This is the first panel in a series about letters to and from women in the Middle Ages. Sponsored by the Epistolae database of women's letters, the three panels bring together scholars from Europe, North America, and Australasia to provide a survey of current research on women’s epistolary traditions and discuss innovative approaches to the field. This panel considers letters to and from noble women as a generic category, with papers on the letters of the queens of Catalan and Aragon, the verse letters of Baudri of Bourgueil, and the letters of the Bohemian Queen Kunhuta.