IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 1744: Defining the Boundaries of Female Rulership, III: Challenging Definitions

Thursday 9 July 2020, 14.15-15.45

Organiser:Sarah Greer, St Andrews Institute of Mediaeval Studies, University of St Andrews
Moderator/Chair:Sarah Greer, St Andrews Institute of Mediaeval Studies, University of St Andrews
Respondent:Megan Welton, Medieval Institute, University of Notre Dame, Indiana
Paper 1744-aFemale Rule and Family Alliances: Adelaide of Turin (d. 1091) and Her Male Relatives
(Language: English)
Alison Creber, Department of History, King's College London
Index terms: Gender Studies, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 1744-b'A mother’s affection for her son': The Ability to Be a Royal Mother, Wife, and Military Leader during the Anglo-Norman Period
(Language: English)
Catherine Capel, Department of History University of Winchester
Index terms: Gender Studies, Military History, Politics and Diplomacy
Abstract

The final session in our strand considers how medieval female rulers were able to work to secure their power in face of opposition or challenges to their rule. Our two papers contemplate how women were able to deploy different strategies to bolster their authority, and what that means for our contemporary efforts to categorise female power. To conclude our strand, our respondent will draw together the themes touched on by all our speakers and contemplate potential next steps for the study of medieval female power.