Session332
TitleBorderlands, II: Transitions, Transformations, and Fluidities - Agency, Memory, and Identity
Date/TimeMonday 4 July 2022: 16.30-18.00
 
SponsorRoyal Studies Network
 
OrganiserZita Eva Rohr, Department of History & Archaeology, Macquarie University, Sydney
 
Moderator/ChairElena Woodacre, Department of History, University of Winchester
 
Paper 332-a Princesses Crossing Borders: Ritual, Agency, and Memory
(Language: English)
Patrik Pastrnak, Katedra historie, Univerzita Palackého, Olomouc
Index Terms: Gender Studies; Politics and Diplomacy; Women's Studies
Paper 332-b Providing Queenly Resources across Borders: Alcolea de Cinca in the 15th Century
(Language: English)
Ana Maria S. A. Rodrigues, Departamento de História, Faculdade de Letras, Universidade de Lisboa
Index Terms: Gender Studies; Politics and Diplomacy; Women's Studies
Paper 332-c Mary of Woodstock: The Porous Border between Medieval Princess and Nun
(Language: English)
Emily Lalande, History Department, University of Sussex
Index Terms: Gender Studies; Religious Life; Women's Studies
 
AbstractHoming in on the marriages, mobilities, and finances of premodern princesses and queens, this second proposed panel builds upon the ideas of 'Borderlands, I: Traditions, Transformations, and Fluidities - Allegiances and Gender'. Premodern dynastic marriages necessitated the transfer of one spouse to another court with bridal travellers inevitably crossing borders, both geographical and political. Yet such border crossings also necessitated far more important symbolic lines, which sometimes could involve a loss of status for the bride. Money also paid an important role with dowries left unpaid and often disputed, making it hard for a queen to maintain her position and influence and more importantly her queenly identity. Finally, those princesses who chose not to marry could and did manipulate their identities first as kings' daughters (politically) but also as brides of Christ (spiritually) - prioritising one over the other according to circumstances thereby transgressing and blurring the borderlines between their active political and nominally passive spiritual lives.