Session220
TitleThe Otherness of Women, I: Reassessing Noblewomen in Medieval Society
Date/TimeMonday 3 July 2017: 14.15-15.45
 
OrganiserCharlotte Pickard, Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences, Open University / 'Exploring the Past Pathway', Cardiff University
 
Moderator/ChairLindy Grant, Department of History, University of Reading
 
Paper 220-a Power and Patronage: The Otherness of Noblewomen in Northern France
(Language: English)
Charlotte Pickard, Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences, Open University / 'Exploring the Past Pathway', Cardiff University
Index Terms: Gender Studies; Genealogy and Prosopography; Lay Piety; Women's Studies
Paper 220-b Heiresses, Law, and Litigation: Noblewomen as 'the Other' in 13th-Century England
(Language: English)
Harriet Kersey, Research Development, Canterbury Christ Church University
Index Terms: Administration; Gender Studies; Law; Women's Studies
Paper 220-c Carrying the Bishop (Or Not): Demonstrations of Strength and Power by Counts and Countesses in 13th-Century Burgundy
(Language: English)
Charlotte Crouch, The National Archives, Kew
Index Terms: Charters and Diplomatics; Gender Studies; Genealogy and Prosopography; Women's Studies
 
AbstractRecent scholarship has sought to dispel the myth that women were powerless, subject to the will of their male relatives. And yet, women have traditionally been treated as 'the other' in medieval society, separate from their male counterparts. These sessions will reflect on the 'otherness' of noble and royal women, questioning the way in which we approach the study of women and considering whether they shared more in common with their male peers, than women from other social classes. Speakers will be using case studies drawn from their own research to address this subject. This first session will focus on noblewomen from England and France.