IMC 2017: Sessions

Session 220: The Otherness of Women, I: Reassessing Noblewomen in Medieval Society

Monday 3 July 2017, 14.15-15.45

Organiser:Charlotte Pickard, Centre for Continuing & Professional Education, Cardiff University
Moderator/Chair:Lindy Grant, Department of History, University of Reading
Paper 220-aPower and Patronage: The Otherness of Noblewomen in Northern France
(Language: English)
Charlotte Pickard, Centre for Continuing & Professional Education, Cardiff University
Index terms: Gender Studies, Genealogy and Prosopography, Lay Piety, Women's Studies
Paper 220-bHeiresses, Law, and Litigation: Noblewomen as 'the Other' in 13th-Century England
(Language: English)
Harriet Kersey, School of Humanities, Canterbury Christ Church University
Index terms: Administration, Gender Studies, Law, Women's Studies
Paper 220-cCarrying the Bishop (Or Not): Demonstrations of Strength and Power by Counts and Countesses in 13th-Century Burgundy
(Language: English)
Charlotte Crouch, Graduate Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Reading
Index terms: Charters and Diplomatics, Gender Studies, Genealogy and Prosopography, Women's Studies

Recent scholarship has sought to dispel the myth that women were powerless, subject to the will of their male relatives. And yet, women have traditionally been treated as ‘the other’ in medieval society, separate from their male counterparts. These sessions will reflect on the ‘otherness’ of noble and royal women, questioning the way in which we approach the study of women and considering whether they shared more in common with their male peers, than women from other social classes. Speakers will be using case studies drawn from their own research to address this subject. This first session will focus on noblewomen from England and France.