Session 1244: Noblewomen Pushing the Boundaries, III: Royal Women
Wednesday 8 July 2020, 14.15-15.45
|Harriet Kersey, School of Humanities, Canterbury Christ Church University
Charlotte Pickard, Centre for Continuing & Professional Education, Cardiff University
|Louise J. Wilkinson, School of Humanities, Canterbury Christ Church University
|Mothers of Kings: Herleva of Normandy and Gytha Thorkelsdóttir of Wessex
Index terms: Military History, Social History, Women's Studies
|Emma of Normandy: A Noblewoman Who Laid 'the Disturbances of War to Rest'
Index terms: Gender Studies, Politics and Diplomacy, Social History, Women's Studies
|A Queen on the Edge: Eleanor of Provence and Her Army
Index terms: Administration, Politics and Diplomacy, Women's Studies
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 focus on the different roles undertaken by royal women, with case studies drawn from England and Normandy from the tenth to the thirteenth century.