Session1608
TitleGender in Medieval Scotland
Date/TimeThursday 7 July 2022: 11.15-12.45
 
SponsorWomen's History Scotland
 
OrganiserRachel Meredith Davis, Centre for History, University of the Highlands & Islands / School of Humanities, Social Sciences & Law, University of Dundee
Emma Trivett, Independent Scholar, Dundee
 
Moderator/ChairRachel Delman, Department of History, University of York
 
Paper 1608-a Remembering Crusade in Scotland: Christiana de Brus, the Earls of Dunbar, and Gendered Family Commemorations in the 13th Century
(Language: English)
Gordon Reynolds, Independent Scholar, Edinburgh
Index Terms: Crusades; Gender Studies; Heraldry; Women's Studies
Paper 1608-b Defining Borders: Women's Place within the Scottish Community of John Barbour's The Bruce
(Language: English)
Joanna Richardson, School of History, Classics & Archaeology, University of Edinburgh
Index Terms: Gender Studies; Language and Literature - Old English; Women's Studies
Paper 1608-c 'No way under compulsion': The Cultivation of Authority in the Earldom of Mar under Isabella Douglas, Countess of Mar
(Language: English)
Katy Jack, National Museums Scotland, Edinburgh
Index Terms: Charters and Diplomatics; Gender Studies; Women's Studies
Paper 1608-d 'Through many acts of fornication': Gender and Non-Marital Relationships in Late Medieval Scotland
(Language: English)
Mara Schmueckle, School of History, Classics & Archaeology, University of Edinburgh
Index Terms: Canon Law; Sexuality; Social History; Women's Studies
 
AbstractMuch of the history of medieval Scotland has focused on its formation as a British polity and the historiography has been largely by and about men. Study of women and gender in the medieval period has been slower to develop and contributions from gender researchers continue to be marginalised within the 'mainstream' of historical inquiry. This session brings together four papers on medieval Scotland, ranging from the 13th to 16th centuries that use gender as a category of analysis to shed new light on the history of medieval Scotland. With research ranging from female commemoration of crusade and gendered ideals, women's place in the political community, female lordship, and women's experience of canon law, this session challenges the exclusion of women from historiography of this period while also exploring medieval and modern perceptions of boundaries, broadly defined, based on gender. Each paper offers exciting new findings and highlights the significance of gender when applied as an analytical tool to Scotland's medieval past.