Session1132
TitleDefining the Boundaries of Female Rulership, II: Diplomatic Networks
Date/TimeWednesday 6 July 2022: 11.15-12.45
 
OrganiserMegan Welton, Utrecht Centre for Medieval Studies, Universiteit Utrecht
 
Moderator/ChairElena Woodacre, Department of History, University of Winchester
 
RespondentMegan Welton, Utrecht Centre for Medieval Studies, Universiteit Utrecht
 
Paper 1132-a Establishing Just Rule: Duplicate Charters and the Negotiations of the Ottonian Dominae imperiales
(Language: English)
Sarah Greer, St John's College / Faculty of History, University of Oxford
Index Terms: Charters and Diplomatics; Gender Studies; Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 1132-b Tracing the Queen's Share in Rulership: A Comparative Analysis of Charters from 11th-Century England and Germany
(Language: English)
Johanna Wittmann, Historisches Institut, Universität Duisburg-Essen
Index Terms: Charters and Diplomatics; Gender Studies; Politics and Diplomacy
 
AbstractThis second session explores the possibilities - and problems - which medieval women faced in accessing and wielding power as rulers. Scholarship on medieval female rulers tends to highlight isolated cases of powerful individuals. Instead, the two papers in this session consider the ability of women to collaborate and work collectively to achieve their aims with both male and female counterparts. To conclude, our respondent will draw together the themes touched on by all our speakers and contemplate potential next steps for the study of medieval female power.