IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 1544: Defining the Boundaries of Female Rulership, I: Diplomatic Networks

Thursday 9 July 2020, 09.00-10.30

Organiser:Megan Welton, Medieval Institute, University of Notre Dame, Indiana
Moderator/Chair:Matthew McHaffie, Department of History, King's College London
Paper 1544-aEstablishing Just Rule: Duplicate Charters and the Negotiations of the Ottonian Dominae Imperiales
(Language: English)
Sarah Greer, St Andrews Institute of Mediaeval Studies, University of St Andrews
Index terms: Charters and Diplomatics, Gender Studies, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 1544-bPower in Collaboration: The Abbesses of the Prague Nunnery and Their Patroness St Ludmila
(Language: English)
Grzegorz Pac, Wydział Historyczny, Uniwersytet Warszawski
Index terms: Gender Studies, Monasticism, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 1544-cTracing the Political Activities of Queens: A Comparative Analysis of Charters from 11th- and 12th-Century England and Germany
(Language: English)
Johanna Wittmann, Historisches Institut, Universit├Ąt Duisburg-Essen
Index terms: Charters and Diplomatics, Gender Studies, Politics and Diplomacy
Abstract

This first of three sessions explores the possibilities – and problems – that medieval women faced in accessing and wielding power as rulers. Scholarship on medieval female rulers tends to highlight isolated cases of powerful individuals. Instead, the three papers in this session consider the ability of women to collaborate and work collectively to achieve their aims with both male and female counterparts.