IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 1044: Noblewomen Pushing the Boundaries, I: Marriage and Familial Identity

Wednesday 8 July 2020, 09.00-10.30

Organisers:Harriet Kersey, School of Humanities, Canterbury Christ Church University
Charlotte Pickard, Centre for Continuing & Professional Education, Cardiff University
Moderator/Chair:Emily J. Ward, Darwin College, University of Cambridge
Paper 1044-aBordering on Difference: Noblewomen, Marriage, and Female Ethnic Distinction in North-Western Europe, 900-1200
(Language: English)
Tom Chadwick, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Exeter
Index terms: Genealogy and Prosopography, Women's Studies
Paper 1044-bThe Women of the Lesser Aristocracy Negotiating the Boundaries of Married Life in the 13th Century
(Language: English)
Rebecca Jarvis, School of Humanities, Canterbury Christ Church University
Index terms: Genealogy and Prosopography, Historiography - Medieval, Women's Studies
Paper 1044-cMore than Convenience: The Impact of Noblewomen and Their Marriages on the Fortunes of the de Lacy Constables of Chester and Earls of Lincoln
(Language: English)
Andrew David Connell, Department of History, Canterbury Christ Church University
Index terms: Genealogy and Prosopography, Women's Studies
Paper 1044-dPatronage, Patrimony, and Power: Noblewomen Pushing Familial Boundaries
(Language: English)
Sally Spong, School of History, University of East Anglia
Index terms: Gender Studies, Politics and Diplomacy, Women's Studies
Abstract

Women frequently had to negotiate the boundaries between society’s expectations and their lived experience – at times working against the roles traditionally ascribed to them. Noblewomen occupied a unique position in society which, arguably, afforded them greater agency and access to power. And yet, they too had to navigate boundaries, often pushing beyond what was perceived to be the norm. This session will explore marriage and familial identities from the 10th to the 13th centuries in northern Europe.