Session1312
TitleWomen and Literacy in the Middle Ages
Date/TimeWednesday 5 July 2017: 16.30-18.00
 
SponsorMedieval & Ancient Research Centre, University of Sheffield (MARCUS)
 
OrganiserMáirín MacCarron, School of English & Digital Humanities, University College Cork
Danielle Park, Department of History, University of York
 
Moderator/ChairCharles West, Department of History, University of Sheffield
 
Paper 1312-a Female Imperial Letter Writing in Late Antiquity
(Language: English)
Julia Hillner, Bonn Center for Dependency & Slavery Studies, Universität Bonn
Index Terms: Byzantine Studies; Politics and Diplomacy; Women's Studies
Paper 1312-b Papal Letters to Queens in Conversion-Era Anglo-Saxon England
(Language: English)
Máirín MacCarron, School of English & Digital Humanities, University College Cork
Index Terms: Ecclesiastical History; Politics and Diplomacy; Women's Studies
Paper 1312-c Expectations and Uses of Literacy in the Court of Queen Melisende of Jerusalem, 1131-1161
(Language: English)
Danielle Park, Department of History, University of York
Index Terms: Crusades; Gender Studies; Women's Studies
 
AbstractSeeking to expand on perceptions and expectations of medieval women and literacy, this session takes a broad geographical and chronological approach encompassing both Europe and the Levant from late antiquity to the mid-12th century. Paper -a (Hillner) will examine female imperial letter writing in Late Antiquity, and consider the purpose of paired letters from empresses and emperors. Paper -b (MacCarron) will similarly consider paired letters with a focus on papal letters to the royal couples of Kent and Northumbria in the early 7th century. Paper -c (Park) addresses Queen Melisende of Jerusalem (1131-61) and the dynamic between the queen, the written word, and her status as wife and as widow.