IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 1644: Defining the Boundaries of Female Rulership, II: Representing Power

Thursday 9 July 2020, 11.15-12.45

Organiser:Sarah Greer, St Andrews Institute of Mediaeval Studies, University of St Andrews
Moderator/Chair:Elena Woodacre, Department of History, University of Winchester
Paper 1644-aTextual Representation of Female Rulership: A Semantic Approach
(Language: English)
Caroline I. B. Laske, Institute of Legal History, Universiteit Gent
Index terms: Charters and Diplomatics, Gender Studies, Law
Paper 1644-bMarguerite of Provence and a Queen’s Self-Representation as a Political Actor
(Language: English)
Anaïs Waag, Department of History, King's College London
Index terms: Gender Studies, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 1644-cTransgressive Queens or Committed Rulers?: Angevin Queens in the 12th Century
(Language: English)
Gabrielle Storey, Department of History, University of Winchester
Index terms: Gender Studies, Politics and Diplomacy
Abstract

Idealised examples of ‘exceptional’ women often figure strongly in discussions of medieval female rulers. This session considers the importance of representation – both by individuals themselves and by others – in how we interpret political activities of medieval women. The three speakers will explore the problems faced by both medieval and modern observers in trying to define the political activities of female rulers.