IMC 2017: Sessions

Session 1142: The Other Power: The Power of the Others - An Attempt to Re-Theorize the Rulership in Late Medieval Europe, 1300-1500, II

Wednesday 5 July 2017, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Institut d'Histoire, Université du Luxembourg, Belval
Organisers:Éloïse Adde, Institut d'Histoire, Université du Luxembourg, Belval
Anna Jagošová, Institut d'Histoire, Université du Luxembourg, Belval
Moderator/Chairs:Éloïse Adde, Institut d'Histoire, Université du Luxembourg, Belval
Anna Jagošová, Institut d'Histoire, Université du Luxembourg, Belval
Paper 1142-aReflections on the Power of a Prince's Consort in Late Medieval Germany
(Language: English)
Christine Reinle, Historisches Institut, Justus-Liebig-Universität, Gießen
Index terms: Gender Studies, Political Thought, Women's Studies
Paper 1142-bThe Queens' Networks as a Source of Power
(Language: English)
Amalie Fößel, Historisches Institut, Universität Duisburg-Essen
Index terms: Gender Studies, Genealogy and Prosopography, Women's Studies
Paper 1142-cPolitics in the Feminine?: The Example of Mahaut, Countess of Artois, 1302-1329
(Language: English)
Christelle Balouzat-Loubet, Centre de Recherche Universitaire Lorrain d’Histoire, Université de Lorraine
Index terms: Administration, Gender Studies, Women's Studies
Paper 1142-d'La dame n'y est pas obeye': Possibilities and Limitations of Female Rulership in the 15th-Century Duchy of Luxembourg - A Case Study
(Language: English)
Christa Birkel, Institut d'Histoire, Université du Luxembourg, Belval
Index terms: Charters and Diplomatics, Gender Studies, Mentalities, Politics and Diplomacy, Women's Studies
Abstract

The definition of female rulership in the Middle Ages becomes thank to the recent discourse a current issue. The widening gap between theory based on the definition of the traditional historiography in accordance with gender-specific topoi and ruling practice, well documented by sources of administrative character, points at the partial conception of this topic, in which the female rule remains overshadowed by the male regency. The ruling practice of noble women pursuant to their hereditary demands, social status, dynastic networks and political as well as economic activities, represents the wide spectrum for (re)definition of the female power in transition from the model of consortium to the co-rulership, up to an ambitious political practice and individual regency – the goal that could be achieved in various ways in dependence on legal basis, political conditions, or individual competences of (female) ruler. This session aims to contribute to the discussion about the female power, present the multi-facetted topics and re-theorize the problem of the power of monarch from gendered comparative perspective.