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IMC 2023: Sessions

Session 825: Noblewomen Network, IV: Agency and Patronage

Tuesday 4 July 2023, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:Noblewomen Network
Organisers:Harriet Kersey, School of Humanities, Canterbury Christ Church University
Charlotte Pickard, Centre for Continuing & Professional Education, Cardiff University
Moderator/Chair:Louise J. Wilkinson, School of Humanities, Canterbury Christ Church University
Paper 825-aWhat Do Noblewomen Do All Day?: Continuity and Change in Western Europe, 400-1500
(Language: English)
Rachel Stone, Department of History, King's College London / Learning Resources and Service Excellence, University of Bedfordshire
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Social History, Women's Studies
Paper 825-bQueen of Heaven, Queen of Bohemia: Patronage of Religious Writing by Abbess Kunigunde as a Means of Self-Promotion
(Language: English)
Tomáš Weissar, Department of Classical Studies Masarykova univerzita Brno
Index terms: Language and Literature - Latin, Monasticism, Performance Arts - General, Women's Studies
Paper 825-cHidden Women: Women Patrons and Donors in the Cartularies of the Cluniac Houses in England
(Language: English)
Caroline Johnson, Graduate Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Reading
Index terms: Charters and Diplomatics, Ecclesiastical History, Monasticism, Women's Studies

Since the latter part of the 20th century there has been a great expansion in scholarship centred on women and their place in medieval society. This strand of sessions aims to bring together scholars working on medieval noblewomen - to build on and develop the discourse that has developed over the past few decades, with the continued aim of building a global network of scholars working in this vibrant area of research. This panel, featuring the lives of noblewomen from Bohemia, India, and Western Europe, draws our day of sessions to an end. This panel will explore the roles of noblewomen as donors and patrons, as well as their agency and ability to express authority.