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IMC 2023: Sessions

Session 1525: Central European Queenship, I: Embedding Power and Authority in Different Cultural and Legal Systems

Thursday 6 July 2023, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:Royal Studies Network
Organiser:Patrik Pastrnak, Faculty of History, University of Oxford
Moderator/Chair:Patrik Pastrnak, Faculty of History, University of Oxford
Paper 1525-aEmpress of 'Eternal Celebrity': Anne of Świdnica and the Promotion of Dynastic Cults in Late Medieval Bohemia
(Language: English)
Sophie Charron, Faculty of History, University of Oxford
Index terms: Lay Piety, Political Thought, Women's Studies
Paper 1525-bQueen Elizabeth of Luxembourg, 1409-1442: Modalities of Queenly Power in Premodern Central Europe
(Language: English)
Anna Jagošová, Institut d'Histoire, Université du Luxembourg, Belval
Index terms: Gender Studies, Law, Women's Studies
Paper 1525-cRuling in the Latin East: Margaret of Hungary, Queen Dowager of Thessalonica, 1207-1216
(Language: English)
Attila Bárány, 'Hungary in Medieval Europe' Lendület Research Group (MTA-DE), Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest / Department of History, University of Debrecen
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Politics and Diplomacy, Women's Studies

The first panel of proposed papers will look into a queen's networking role from a political, diplomatic, and legal perspective, bringing together examples from different chronological and cultural backgrounds, such as Bohemia, Hungary, Byzantium. Starting from the re-examination of the queenly agency in the political life of one Central-European realm, the session turns to scrutinise the ways how the queen's networking power transcended the different legal systems across the region, and concludes with the investigation of the political and diplomatic networking of one Central-European princess displaced to the Byzantine world and how her native background influenced her role as dowager.