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Wednesday 4 April 2018 8.30 - 10.30
H-1 - MID01 : Kings, Courts, and the People in Medieval Europe
MAP/OG/018 Maths and Physics
Network: Middle Ages Chair: Jelle Haemers
Organizers: Jelle Haemers, Jesus Angel Solorzano-TelecheaDiscussants: -
Maria Dávila : Gender, Space and Power: Representations of Female Authority at the Portuguese Court (1438-1521)
Several years have passed since Theresa Earenfight wrote her essay Highly Visible, Often Obscure, alerting us for the fact that women were often more visible than historiography was prepared to admit, and the last years have been proficient in studies about queenship and the relation between women and power. However, ... (Show more)
Several years have passed since Theresa Earenfight wrote her essay Highly Visible, Often Obscure, alerting us for the fact that women were often more visible than historiography was prepared to admit, and the last years have been proficient in studies about queenship and the relation between women and power. However, there is a long way to go, especially when it comes to discussing the political power of women.
In this paper, I will analyse how female authority was configurated in Portugal during the late 15th and early 16th centuries, mainly through the analysis of the discourses they produced, that is, of the way these women used either to express themselves or to created their own space in society. I will discuss the concepts and the methodology used, while also making some comparative incursions to the Iberian and European contexts. This way I hope to discuss the plasticity of female power at the Portuguese court and at its spaces of representation. (Show less)

Jesús de Inés Serrano : King and Kingdom’s Words. Communication Types between Castilian Monarchy and Valley Communities during the 15th Century in Asturias de Santillana
The proposal aims at pointing out the sorts of communication between Castilian monarchy and the communities in merindad menor of Asturias de Santillana during the last hundred years of the Middle Ages. From an interdisciplinary point of view, accomplished by using bibliography on Anthropology, Sociology and other branches in Medieval ... (Show more)
The proposal aims at pointing out the sorts of communication between Castilian monarchy and the communities in merindad menor of Asturias de Santillana during the last hundred years of the Middle Ages. From an interdisciplinary point of view, accomplished by using bibliography on Anthropology, Sociology and other branches in Medieval History, the analysis on this issue is charted.
The first third of 15th century is likely to be studied thanks to such a relevant couple of conflicts tried before the Royal Court; namely, the one about eight hundred vassals with whom the count of Castañeda was endowed by King John II (1438); and, the much more vast trial about jurisdictional possession and administration of justice over inland valleys between the king and Íñigo López de Mendoza, lord of de la Vega (1439-1444). Secondly, an interesting documental collection of the second half of 15th century, particularly produced during Catholic Kings’ reign (1475-1504), is available in Archivo General de Simancas and in Archivo de la Real Chancillería de Valladolid.
The contents might be itemised according to the next criteria. To begin with, the introduction will approach the historical context, the documents which have been studied, the methodology and the historiographical models followed to draft the analysis. After this, there would be contrasted the communication types from valley communities to the monarchy and the ones from the monarchy to valley communities. Besides, the role played by officials who took part in this dialectical setting should be stated. Finally, the paper would be ended by concluding the main outcomes and by foreseeing future research prospects. (Show less)

Miguel José López-Guadalupe Pallarés : Trade, Merchants and Economic Policies: Commercial Activity at Castile-Leon Estremadura’s Medium-size Councils
In the inner region of Castile-Leon Extremadura located between the rivers Duero and Tajo, there is a particularly interesting urban fabric with some medium-size cities and towns. This space was crisscrossed by an economic communication network, called “Toledo-Burgos axis”, which was surrounded by major cities, like Valladolid, Segovia and Ávila. ... (Show more)
In the inner region of Castile-Leon Extremadura located between the rivers Duero and Tajo, there is a particularly interesting urban fabric with some medium-size cities and towns. This space was crisscrossed by an economic communication network, called “Toledo-Burgos axis”, which was surrounded by major cities, like Valladolid, Segovia and Ávila. However, economic relations involved merchants and other agents from various medium-size councils in the area (Medina del Campo, Cuéllar, Sepúlveda, Pedraza, Atienza, etc.). In addition, these locations were part of the commercial networks that operated from Toledo, Segovia or Burgos. The aim of this paper is to analyze the impact of the commercial networks stimulated through concessions of fairs and free markets and other fiscal advantages with regards to the characteristic collaboration and concurrence that took place within the process of urban hierarchization of this region at the end of the Middle Ages and the beginning of the modern era. (Show less)

Bruno Marconi da Costa : From Revolt to "Revolution" - the Avis Dynastic Crisis as seen from Below (1383-1385)
The present work aims to analyse the collective action of popular groups during the troubling years of the dynastic transition in Portugal, occurred between 1383 and 1385. This subject was already object of research of Portuguese historiography through all the 20th century, in many theoric-ideological approaches: while marxists considered this ... (Show more)
The present work aims to analyse the collective action of popular groups during the troubling years of the dynastic transition in Portugal, occurred between 1383 and 1385. This subject was already object of research of Portuguese historiography through all the 20th century, in many theoric-ideological approaches: while marxists considered this moment as a bourgeois revolution that made the transition to a new mode of production, historians from the salazarian corporative state interpreted those events as the birth of the union of Portuguese people as a nationality against invaders from Castille.
The present paper seeks to insert the events in the historical process, searching for continuities between the uprisings leaded by urban craftsmen in the decade of 1370 and their own list of demands presented to the future king of the new dynasty as a compromise for their support. This shows a specific political culture within the popular groups, with their own memory and ways to act collectively in different positions and, sometimes, in open antagonism to the ones of the urban oligarchies. (Show less)

Annabelle Marin : Do Women Embody the Power of the Elite in Cities? The Role of High Noblewomen in the Process of Urban Hierarchization in Fifteenth-Century Castile
This paper will explore the relation between hight noblewomen and cities in Castile. Is it power, agency or authority? What are the praxis of the hight noblewomen in the Fifteenth-century in the cities ? What are the role of high noblewomen in the process of urban hierarchization ? The goal ... (Show more)
This paper will explore the relation between hight noblewomen and cities in Castile. Is it power, agency or authority? What are the praxis of the hight noblewomen in the Fifteenth-century in the cities ? What are the role of high noblewomen in the process of urban hierarchization ? The goal is to explore in a social analysis the interaction between towns and a particular cities’s elites group; the hight noblewomen. In this paper, Urban hierarchization and women history are study approaches that permit to focuse on the reciprocal relations of competition between urban centers, their complementarity, opposition, support and ongoing collaboration. (Show less)