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IMC 2023: Sessions

Session 1725: Central European Queenship, III: Confronting the Network Effects - Mediation, Regicide, Calumny

Thursday 6 July 2023, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Royal Studies Network
Organiser:Patrik Pastrnak, Faculty of History, University of Oxford
Moderator/Chair:Elena Woodacre, Department of History, University of Winchester
Respondent:Patrik Pastrnak, Faculty of History, University of Oxford
Paper 1725-aQueens of Bohemia and Intercessory Power
(Language: English)
Věra Soukupová, Department of History, University of Ostrava / Department of Czech History, Univerzita Karlova, Praha
Index terms: Language and Literature - Latin, Politics and Diplomacy, Social History, Women's Studies
Paper 1725-bParallels and Intersections in 14th-Century Southern Italian-Hungarian Relations: Queen Johanna I of Naples
(Language: English)
Ágnes Virágh, 'Hungary in Medieval Europe' Research Group, University of Debrecen / Eötvös Loránd Research Network, Budapest
Index terms: Gender Studies, Politics and Diplomacy, Rhetoric, Women's Studies
Paper 1725-cWhat Happened in the Low Countries, Didn't Stay in the Low Countries: The Theory of the Spread of Gossip about the Queens of the House of Luxembourg
(Language: English)
Zuzana Bolerazka, Department of General History Univerzita Karlova , Praha
Index terms: Gender Studies, Rhetoric, Sexuality, Women's Studies

Building upon the themes from the previous two sessions, the last panel of the proposed papers will scrutinise the positive and negative effects of queens' networks and activities. Starting with the examination of the fluidity of the mediatory role of Bohemian queens, attention will shift to the reevaluation of defamatory and gossip networks that emerged as a result of the queens' agency and interdynastic links. The accusation of regicide or the spread of rumours could thus be seen as a counterforce challenging the queen's networking skills or an echo of the sheer scale of her connections.
The panel would conclude with a brief talk of Patrik Pastrnak (organiser), who, as a respondent, will not only provide a brief summary of all three 'Central-European Queenship' sessions, but also delineate further methods of research into this much understudied topic in Central and Eastern Europe, proposing possible ways of international collaboration of royal and queenships scholars in this part of Europe.