Session Title

Exercising Authority and Exerting Influence II: Unleashing the Power Within: Reassessing Royal and Elite Domestic Spaces

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Royal Studies Network

Organizer Name

Zita Eva Rohr

Organizer Affiliation

Macquarie Univ.

Presider Name

Elena Woodacre

Presider Affiliation

Univ. of Winchester

Paper Title 1

The Truth Is Rarely Pure and Never Simple: "Discreet Dissimulation" in Late Medieval Female Households and Courts

Presenter 1 Name

Zita Eva Rohr

Paper Title 2

Mary Stuart: Poor Princess, or Rock of Convictions?

Presenter 2 Name

James H. Dahlinger, SJ

Presenter 2 Affiliation

Le Moyne College

Paper Title 3

Respondent

Presenter 3 Name

Lisa Benz

Presenter 3 Affiliation

Independent Scholar

Start Date

13-5-2017 3:30 PM

Session Location

Bernhard 205

Description

There has been a marked shift in early modern political history away from the study of the formal or professional sphere of institutions and office bearers towards informal political spheres, such as the non-institutional and domestic. Recent scholarship has demonstrated that all modern political systems have been produced within an informal political arena alongside government. Building upon these innovative studies this session will discuss the ways in which royal and elite medieval men and women deployed their influence and agency from within their nominal domestic spaces. They were perfectly positioned for, competent in, and fundamental to the development of the territorial monarchies that won the geopolitical conflicts of early modern Europe, and which were the progenitors of the the modern state. Medieval royal and elite domestic households were critical to the success of these territorial monarchies, and were cornerstones in the development of the early modern state.

Zita Rohr

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May 13th, 3:30 PM

Exercising Authority and Exerting Influence II: Unleashing the Power Within: Reassessing Royal and Elite Domestic Spaces

Bernhard 205

There has been a marked shift in early modern political history away from the study of the formal or professional sphere of institutions and office bearers towards informal political spheres, such as the non-institutional and domestic. Recent scholarship has demonstrated that all modern political systems have been produced within an informal political arena alongside government. Building upon these innovative studies this session will discuss the ways in which royal and elite medieval men and women deployed their influence and agency from within their nominal domestic spaces. They were perfectly positioned for, competent in, and fundamental to the development of the territorial monarchies that won the geopolitical conflicts of early modern Europe, and which were the progenitors of the the modern state. Medieval royal and elite domestic households were critical to the success of these territorial monarchies, and were cornerstones in the development of the early modern state.

Zita Rohr