IMC 2018: Sessions

Session 1619: Medieval Power and Letters, II: Plantagenet Power in the 13th Century

Thursday 5 July 2018, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Centre for Medieval & Renaissance Research, University of Winchester
Organiser:Gabrielle Storey, Department of History, University of Winchester
Moderator/Chair:Gabrielle Storey, Department of History, University of Winchester
Paper 1619-aThe Letters of Berengaria of Navarre and Her Fight for a Queen's Dower
(Language: English)
Beth Thomas, Independent Scholar, St Andrews
Index terms: Administration, Gender Studies, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 1619-bDictamen, Diplomacy, and Kingship during the Personal Rule of Henry III, 1230-1250
(Language: English)
Lucy Hennings, Exeter College, University of Oxford
Index terms: Administration, Archives and Sources, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 1619-c'A son tres haut seignor, e a son tres cher pere': The Letters of Henry III and His Daughter, Beatrice
(Language: English)
Abby Armstrong, School of Humanities, Canterbury Christ Church University
Index terms: Administration, Archives and Sources
Abstract

This strand seeks to understand the ways in which medieval power could be demonstrated through letter writing and in letters. Both royalty and the nobility used letters in a variety of ways to showcase their power, by use of titles or through public intervention in diplomatic and political matters. Letters could be used to exercise agency, as well as provide an insight to the relationships between family members as well as acting as diplomatic documents. This particular session will examine letters in the context of Plantagenet Power in the 13th century.