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IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 650: 14th-Century England, II: Edward III - Sex, Death, and Constitutional Intrigue

Tuesday 7 July 2020, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Society for 14th-Century Studies
Organiser:Gwilym Dodd, Department of History, University of Nottingham
Moderator/Chair:Jeffrey S. Hamilton, Department of History, Baylor University, Texas
Paper 650-aAn Emotional Pragmatism?: Edward III, the Royal Family, and Death
(Language: English)
James Bothwell, School of History, University of Leicester
Index terms: Mentalities, Politics and Diplomacy, Social History
Paper 650-bRepresentation Replication: Edward III and the Curious Case of the Double Summons of August 1337
(Language: English)
Gwilym Dodd, Department of History, University of Nottingham
Index terms: Administration, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 650-c'Willing to abandon his shield and seek the battle in bed': Edward III, Alice Perrers, and Sexual Distraction
(Language: English)
Laura Tompkins, The National Archives, Kew
Index terms: Gender Studies, Language and Literature - Middle English, Political Thought, Women's Studies

This session considers different aspects of the reign of Edward III. The first paper explores how the king reacted to, and dealt with, the death of close family members. On his death in 1377, aged 65 years old, Edward III had outlived his wife, Philippa, three siblings, and no fewer than eight of his children. The second paper investigates a most curious phenomenon that occurred in August 1337 whereby Edward III apparently summoned two sets of representatives to attend the parliament/council of September of that year. The third paper explores the inaccurate, but widely perceived, connection between the physical relationship between Alice Perrers and Edward III, on the one hand, and the collapse of the English war effort against France, on the other.