IMC 2018: Sessions

Session 1719: Medieval Power and Letters, III: Danish Kingship and English Royal Women

Thursday 5 July 2018, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Centre for Medieval & Renaissance Research, University of Winchester
Organiser:Gordon McKelvie, Department of History, University of Winchester
Moderator/Chair:Karl Christian Alvestad, Department of History, University of Winchester
Paper 1719-aLong Live the King, the King is Dead!: The Usage of Titular Kingship in Letters during the Danish Royal War in 1250
(Language: English)
Kerstin Hundahl, Historiska Institutionen, Lunds Universitet
Index terms: Administration, Military History, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 1719-b'I may labor a gwd and loweng vay be twxst you': Mediating Anglo-Scottish Diplomacy in the Letters of Margaret Tudor, Queen of Scots, 1489-1541
(Language: English)
Helen Newsome, School of English, University of Sheffield
Index terms: Administration, Politics and Diplomacy, Women's Studies

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 session in particular examines the letters of royal women in England and Denmark.