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Mind the Gender Gap: Rereading Medieval Chronicles

From: 2021-06-28 To:2021-06-28

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  • Thematic Line

    Medieval & Early Modern Philosophy
  • Research Group

    Reason, Politics & Society
  • SinCRONICAndo Olhares
    Ciclo de Conferências sobre Historiografia Medieval


    Dr. Jitske Jasperse
    (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)


    28 de junho 2021 | 10h00 | Online



    Abstract: Medieval twelfth-century chronicles offer vivid accounts of the lives of medieval elite people, but for those medievalists interested in women they can also be disappointingly vague or highly stereotypical. In analyzing passages from three different chronicles in which Matilda of Saxony (d. 1189), Joanna of Sicily (d. 1199), and Therese-Matilda of Portugal (d. 1218) occur I want to explore how and why these women were portrayed in specific ways. I will also show that we can come to a richer understanding of medieval women’s lives if we include material culture which sometimes questions or contradicts the written record.


    Imagem: Seal matrix of Joanna Plantagenet (1196-1199), wax seal of Leonor of Castilla (1179), detail from the gospel book of Henry the Lion and Matilda (1172-1176).


    Filipe Alves Moreira e Joana Gomes
    Projeto MELE: Da memória da escrita à leitura do espaço: Pedro de Barcelos e a identidade cultural do Norte de Portugal (POCI-01-0145-FEDER-032673)
    Seminário Medieval de Literatura, Pensamento e Sociedade (SMELPS) | RG Reason, Politics and Society in Medieval and Early Modern Philosophy
    Instituto de Filosofia da Universidade do Porto - FIL/00502
    Financiamento: FCT

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