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IMC 2023: Sessions

Session 530: Networking Medieval Monarchy, I: Ideological Networks of Monarchy

Tuesday 4 July 2023, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:Royal Studies Network
Organiser:Elena Woodacre, Department of History, University of Winchester
Moderator/Chair:Simon Lambe, Department of History, School of Law and Social Sciences, London South Bank University
Paper 530-aMythological Inheritance as Royal Legitimation in Sovereignty Disputes over Britain during the Reign of Edward I
(Language: English)
Lucy Moloney, Centre for Medieval & Renaissance Studies, Monash University, Victoria
Index terms: Language and Literature - Middle English, Literacy and Orality
Paper 530-bKing Aldfrith of Northumbria and Book Exchange: Mastering Social Networks and Subverting Advisory Ideals
(Language: English)
Donal John Angus Macaulay, Faculty of History, University of Oxford
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Literacy and Orality
Paper 530-cNormalising the Non-Mundane: The Transmission of Morality in the Wonder Tales of Gervase of Tilbury's Otia Imperialia
(Language: English)
Christopher White, School of Historical & Philosophical Inquiry, University of Queensland
Index terms: Language and Literature - Latin, Literacy and Orality

This session is part of Networking Medieval Monarchy strand. Networking Medieval Monarchy I focuses on ideological networks, bringing together perceptions of monarchs and portrayals of monarchy in the works of medieval writers such as Gervase of Tilbury. One connecting thread is the use of mythology and 'wonder tales' to both legitimate and entertain royal figures. Another connection between the papers is how contemporary literature responded to questions of royal succession and legitimacy in times of both conquest and crisis. Taken together, all three papers demonstrate the networks of and between monarchs and medieval writers.