IMC 2019: Sessions

Session 713: Women and the Late Medieval Court: Gender, Culture, and Power in 14th-Century England

Tuesday 2 July 2019, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Music & Late Medieval European Court Cultures Project (MALMECC)
Organiser:Laura Slater, Faculty of Music, University of Oxford
Moderator/Chair:Laura Slater, Faculty of Music, University of Oxford
Paper 713-a'The Lady of the Sun': Alice Perrers, Court Culture, and the Material Power of a Royal Mistress in 14th-Century England, c. 1369-1377
(Language: English)
Laura Tompkins, The National Archives, Kew
Laura Tompkins, The National Archives, Kew
Index terms: Gender Studies, Politics and Diplomacy, Sexuality, Women's Studies
Paper 713-bPower and Patronage: Female 'Hangers on' at the Court of Richard II
(Language: English)
Chloë McKenzie, Department of History, University of Southampton
Chloë McKenzie, Department of History, University of Southampton
Index terms: Gender Studies, Politics and Diplomacy, Women's Studies
Paper 713-cThe Power of Music: Philippa of Hainault and Her Courtly Devotions
(Language: English)
Laura Slater, Faculty of Music, University of Oxford
Laura Slater, Faculty of Music, University of Oxford
Index terms: Lay Piety, Manuscripts and Palaeography, Music, Women's Studies
Abstract

This session explores the role of women at the late medieval English court. Considering both ‘hard’ and ‘soft’ forms of political and cultural power, it will examine the variety of ways in which power and agency could be conceived, claimed and exercised by elite women at court: through personal relationships with and ‘advice’ to the monarch, the acquisition of material goods, the ability to control the distribution of offices and other forms of royal patronage, and the harnessing of spiritual power. While discussing queens such as Philippa of Hainault, it seeks to examine the activities of women at court more broadly, considering the cultural and political influence of Edward III’s mistress Alice Perrers, and the noblewomen attacked by Archbishop Arundel at the deposition of Richard II.