IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 315: Medieval Irish Borders: European Connections, II

Monday 6 July 2020, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:Trinity College Dublin
Organiser:Stephen Hewer, Department of History, Trinity College Dublin
Moderator/Chair:Seán Duffy, Department of History, Trinity College Dublin
Paper 315-aThe Border of Bias: Reconsidering Powerful Women in 13th-Century England
(Language: English)
Dawn Klos, Department of History, Trinity College Dublin
Index terms: Historiography - Modern Scholarship, Law, Women's Studies
Paper 315-bJohn, dominus Hibernie, and the Gifts of Irish Kings
(Language: English)
Richard Daines, School of History, University of East Anglia
Index terms: Charters and Diplomatics, Monasticism, Political Thought
Paper 315-cA Hard Pale or a Soft Pale?: The Pale Ditch and Border Identities in Medieval Ireland
(Language: English)
Ciarán McDonnell, Independent Scholar County Meath
Index terms: Archaeology - General, Military History, Politics and Diplomacy
Abstract

This series of sessions examines medieval Irish borders. The second sessions covers late medieval Irish people crossing borders. These papers consider the modern constructs and conceptualisations of ‘late’ (post 1000) medieval Ireland. The first paper questions the traditional conception of medieval women’s legal status with a close examination of the agency of Isolde Pantulf (1170-1230), who was a noble woman with lands in England and Ireland. The second paper traces John of England’s confirmations of Gaelic kings’ gifts to Cistercian houses in the 1180-90s, and analyses the wider implications of these grants in regard to John’s attitude towards the houses and Gaelic kings. The third paper interrogates the conception of the 14th-century Pale as a real, physical, and cultural boundary.