Gender and the Language of Politics in Thirteenth-Century Royal Letters

Waag, Anais (2019) Gender and the Language of Politics in Thirteenth-Century Royal Letters. Historical Research, 92 (256). pp. 288-304. ISSN 1468-2281

Full content URL: https://doi.org/10.1111/1468-2281.12269

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This article examines how the ars dictaminis, the conventions which governed medieval letter writing, was used within a selection of thirteenth-century royal letters written in the names of Berenguela of Castile, Blanche of Castile, Violant of Hungary, Marguerite of Provence, Eleanor of Provence, Blanche of Navarre and some of the men with whom they most frequently corresponded. In setting out contemporary usage of the ars dictaminis within this selection, this article proffers an examination of formal and public expression of power (both female and male) in thirteenth-century letters – an expression which was articulated surprisingly similarly – and highlights the complexities of female political dialogue.

Keywords:Medieval queenship, letter writing, Gender
Subjects:V Historical and Philosophical studies > V130 Medieval History
Divisions:College of Arts > School of History & Heritage > School of History & Heritage (History)
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Deposited On:12 Oct 2021 11:08

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