Session Title

Debatable Queens: (Re)assessing Medieval Stateswomanship, Power, and Authority

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Royal Studies Network

Organizer Name

Zita Eva Rohr, Elena Woodacre

Organizer Affiliation

Univ. of Sydney, Univ. of Winchester

Presider Name

Elena Woodacre

Paper Title 1

Melisende of Jerusalem: Daughter, Sister, Wife, Mother, Queen

Presenter 1 Name

Erin L. Jordan

Presenter 1 Affiliation

Old Dominion Univ.

Paper Title 2

Isabeau of Bavaria (1370-1435): Pawn or Player?

Presenter 2 Name

Tracy Adams

Presenter 2 Affiliation

Univ. of Auckland

Paper Title 3

She Who Must be Obeyed: (Re)assessing the Statecraft, Power, and Authority of Yolande of Aragon (1381-1442)

Presenter 3 Name

Zita Eva Rohr

Start Date

15-5-2015 1:30 PM

Session Location

Valley III Stinson Lounge

Description

While recognizing the terms 'kingship' and 'statesmanship', spell-check tools in computer programs do not recognize the terms 'queenship' or 'stateswomanship'. While this is a trivial observation in the larger scheme of things it does provide a neat stepping off point for the sessions Royal Studies Network proposes for the 50th International Congress on Medieval Studies.

This paper session will seek to unpick and challenge some of the long-held myths and archetypes regarding medieval rulership; (re)assessing individual queens whose political careers and lives have been understood simplistically to be successes or failures. The Network has consciously suppressed geographical boundaries in a continuing endeavour to open its activities to a wider 'global' perspective.

Zita Rohr and Elena Woodacre

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May 15th, 1:30 PM

Debatable Queens: (Re)assessing Medieval Stateswomanship, Power, and Authority

Valley III Stinson Lounge

While recognizing the terms 'kingship' and 'statesmanship', spell-check tools in computer programs do not recognize the terms 'queenship' or 'stateswomanship'. While this is a trivial observation in the larger scheme of things it does provide a neat stepping off point for the sessions Royal Studies Network proposes for the 50th International Congress on Medieval Studies.

This paper session will seek to unpick and challenge some of the long-held myths and archetypes regarding medieval rulership; (re)assessing individual queens whose political careers and lives have been understood simplistically to be successes or failures. The Network has consciously suppressed geographical boundaries in a continuing endeavour to open its activities to a wider 'global' perspective.

Zita Rohr and Elena Woodacre