Premodern Queenship and Diplomacy
12th -13th September 2014
Canterbury Christ Church University and Lancaster University hosted a conference on ‘Premodern Queenship and Diplomacy in Europe’, following on from the success of the 2006 conference on ‘The Rituals and Rhetoric of Queenship: Medieval to Early Modern’.
This conference, organised by Dr Liz Oakley-Brown of Lancaster University, Dr Louise Wilkinson of Canterbury Christ Church University and Dr Sara Wolfson of Canterbury Christ Church University, sought to raise important questions about the role that premodern queens played in diplomatic relations throughout Europe.
Traditionally, female involvement in diplomacy has focused upon the role of queens consort as pawns within marriage alliances and military treaties, or the foreign policy agenda of queens regnant. Queens in the medieval and early modern period were, however, central to developing international relations; promoting certain policies and people; and balancing the intricacies of European politics.
These women could act not only independently of male influence, but also on behalf of their own personal dynastic interests, placing them sometimes at odds with their marital allegiance.
Keynote speakers included: