IMC 2018: Sessions

Session 1126: Norman Women Rulers, II: Countesses to Queens in Southern Italian Memory

Wednesday 4 July 2018, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Organiser:Francesca Petrizzo, School of History, University of Leeds
Moderator/Chair:Joanna Phillips, School of Law, University of Leeds
Paper 1126-aDe mobilitate mulierum?: The Countesses' Role amid the Italo-Norman Nobility and the Sicilian Monarchy
(Language: English)
Hervin Fernández-Aceves, School of History / Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Index terms: Administration, Social History, Women's Studies
Paper 1126-bVictims or Vixens?: The Last Three Queens of Norman Sicily, 1177-1198
(Language: English)
Paula Hailstone, Department of History, Royal Holloway, University of London
Index terms: Genealogy and Prosopography, Politics and Diplomacy, Women's Studies

This is the second of two sessions dealing with the memory of Norman women in power across the Mediterranean and Europe. Focusing on Southern Italy and Sicily, it will look at two levels of female influence, comital and royal, re-evaluating the power and influence of women in these positions. In the first paper, Hervin Fernández-Aceves examines the power and influence of Southern Italia countesses. In the second, Paula Hailstone looks at the controversial reputation of Sicilian queens.