IMC 2018: Sessions

Session 1450: Pauline Stafford's Queens, Concubines, and Dowagers 35 Years Later: A Round Table Discussion

Wednesday 4 July 2018, 19.00-20.00

Sponsor:Medieval & Early Modern Centre, University of Sydney / Medieval Prosopography
Organiser:Penelope Joan Nash, Medieval & Early Modern Centre, University of Sydney
Moderator/Chair:Elena Woodacre, Department of History, University of Winchester

We are now able to celebrate and review changes in the study of the king’s wife in the early Middle Ages since the publication of Pauline Stafford’s Queens, Concubines, and Dowagers (1983, repr. 2000). Few books have had more lasting influence within the fields of women’s history, early medieval history, family history, the history of power, and medieval prosopography. Stafford’s book looked across traditional geographic and political divides in the early medieval era. A focused round table will enable a lively discussion of achievements and disenchantments in the intervening 35 years. Today’s round table is a continuance in some ways of round tables on women and power at the IMC Leeds 2014 and ICMS Kalamazoo 2014 and 2015. This round table complements the one celebrating the same anniversary of Stafford’s book at the recent ICMS Kalamazoo 2018.

Participants include Valerie Garver (Northern Illinois University), Simon MacLean (University of St Andrews), Penelope Nash (University of Sydney), Jinty Nelson (King’s College London), Katherine Weikert (University of Winchester), and Megan Welton (University of Notre Dame, Indiana).